The devices can now be used with MasterCard PayPass technology
Several smartphones manufactured by HTC, Intel, LG, Nokia, RIM, Sony and Samsung have received MasterCard PayPass certifications.These NFC-enabled smartphones have been certified to work with MasterCard PayPass technology, which allows customers to make secure contactless payments at any PayPass merchant location around the globe.
The following BlackBerry devices have been MasterCard-certified: BlackBerry Bold 9900, Bold 9790, as well as BlackBerry Curve 9360 and Curve 9380.
The One X is the only smartphone manufactured by HTC that received the MasterCard PayPass certification. In addition, MasterCard also confirmed the Intel Smartphone Reference Device has been certified as well.
Next in line to work with MasterCard PayPass technology are a bunch of Samsung Android smartphones, such as Wave Y, Galaxy mini 2, Galaxy S Advance, and Galaxy Nexus (GT-i9250).
LG Viper 4G LTE and Optimus Elite received the same certification, along with Nokia 603 and Nokia Lumia 610 NFC.
“Nokia is honored that the Nokia Lumia 610 NFC will be one the world's first smartphones to include MasterCard's PayPass Ready brand mark. This sends a clear message to operators, banks and other service providers that Nokia is able to quickly enable their payment services on this smartphone,” said Andrea Bacioccola, NFC lead program manager, Nokia.
Last but not least, Sony Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia sola are the only smartphones launched by the Japanese company to receive MasterCard’s contactless payment technology.
All smartphones that have been certified today will bear a sticker with the new brand identifier, “MasterCard PayPass Ready.” Nokia and RIM are among the first handset vendors that confirmed support for this brand mark.
“We are pleased to support the MasterCard PayPass Ready brand mark as it provides consumers with a visual confirmation that an NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone can easily be enabled with a MasterCard account for tap-and-go payments,” said Andrew Bocking, SVP Software Product Management, RIM.