Bell Mobility and RBC made public their plans to offer their common customers a new way of purchasing goods and services via debit or credit directly from their smartphones with NFC Technology.

The capability will be integrated into the current RBC application as an additional option on the home screen. This service will be rolling out by the end of the year after testing is performed over the summer so that an array of debit and credit activities can be made with Bell NFC enabled devices such as the BlackBerry Z10, Q10, Bold 9900, 9790, or Curve 9360 as well as various Android devices. 

For full details, the full press release can be found below.  

Press Release

Canada's largest bank and Canada's largest communications company to offer efficient and secure mobile way to purchase goods and services with credit and debit.

MONTREAL AND TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - RBC and Bell today announced the upcoming availability of an easy, fast and secure way for RBC mobile banking customers to purchase goods and services with debit or credit by simply using their compatible Bell Mobility smartphones.

"RBC is excited to team up with Bell to provide our mutual clients with an integrated mobile solution for debit and credit payments," said Dave McKay, Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC Royal Bank. "This is the first piece of a broad RBC mobile commerce solution rolling out to clients this year, all delivering the great, robust user experience and the security that RBC is known for."

The new mobile payments solution will be seamlessly integrated into RBC's existing mobile banking app and will appear as an additional option on the home screen, together with RBC's peer-to-peer solution that offers a simple way for an RBC customer to send money to any person or business in Canada.

By the end of this year, RBC and Bell Mobility customers will be able to securely pay for transactions with their RBC debit or credit cards using the BlackBerry Z10, Q10, Bold 9900, Bold 9790 or Curve 9360, and a range of Android devices from manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG and more.

"Canada's largest banking institution and Canada's largest communications company are working closely together to ensure reliability, security and ease of use in mobile commerce," said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Residential Services, and Chief Brand Officer at Bell. "With RBC and Bell, mobile commerce just got better."

The two companies expect to make the service broadly available by the end of the year and will be road testing the solution with consumer and merchant customers over the summer.

In the development of their solution, RBC and Bell are adhering to all major card association regulations, international interoperability standards developed by the mobile GSM Association, as well as established security and interoperability standards ensuring the transaction receives similar safety and customer protection for unauthorized use to a traditional credit card. Data is stored securely on NFC SIM cards certified by major credit card providers to their international security standards. In future, Bell will make NFC SIM cards available to all NFC-capable devices.