It seems like the future is happening today, as RIM has announced that the Blackberry Bold 9900 and the Blackberry Curve 9360 are the first ever SIM-totting NFC smartphones to be certified as MasterCard PayPass approved devices.
This means that both Blackberries have met the various security, interoperability and functionality requirements set by MasterCard and can now be used to pay at various NFC enabled stores around the world. The way any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally will be able to connect your MasterCard to your SIM card in either the Bold 9900 or the Curve 9360.
Initially, France Telecom – Orange is the only carrier to use the MasterCard certification, but be sure that many more carriers globally will follow, as they have both NFC-enabled devices on offer.
With such a fast pace of NFC development we are sure that many more manufacturers will take the effort to certify with various financial services like MasterCard. Do you plan on using NFC as your new wallet?