Mobile payments coming to a BlackBerry near you courtesy of CSI Virtual MasterCard

CSI MasterCard App
By Adam Zeis on 27 Jun 2011 12:35 pm EDT

The rumor mill is buzzing once again and it looks like CSI Enterprises and MasterCard are teaming up to bring some mobile payment goodness to BlackBerry smartphones. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 should be launching in the next few months (please RIM get on with it already!) and will be sporting NFC for the first time on a BlackBerry. The CSI Virtual MasterCard app hopes to take advantage by letting GlobalVCard holders use their NFC-enabled device to make payments on the go. The app is scheduled to release in July, so hopefully they know something we don't (like an official launch date) and aren't just pushing out the app before the device hits the market. Pretty cool stuff here and hopefully much more NFC fun to follow down the road.

Source: Engadget

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Mobile payments coming to a BlackBerry near you courtesy of CSI Virtual MasterCard


What's wrong with having the app up before the device comes out? In fact I hate getting a new device and having to give up apps for a month or two unti they are carried over. Get OS7 apps up now!

I don't think Adam was saying that he had a problem with releasing an app for NFC before the phones come out but rather that he (and most of us here in Crackberry Nation) would like to know when these NFC-equipped phones will be made available. Not so much for the NFC technology either, but that's a nice addition nevertheless!

I saw that in China, people are already paying using their phones. Like at McDonalds.
What else are we going to get our phones to do?

I don't want to start anything. But this is going to be on the iPad? I think using any tablet for NFC payment would be a bit silly, and by a bit I mean a lot. Yes, a lot silly... : )