Connectedly: Here's why I implanted an NFC chip in my hand


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I've recently taken a deeper step into the connected world. A step that some will describe as being interesting, and that some will describe as being crazy. To be honest, as happy as I am since I have taken this step, I have to admit that I fall on both the interesting and crazy sides myself. Before getting any further, I should mention that the "step" I took was implanting an NFC chip in my hand.

BlackBerry announces three-year deal with EnStream for secure financial transactions


BlackBerry has announced today a three-year agreement with EnStream, a mobile payments venture collectively owned by Bell, Rogers and TELUS. Through the agreement, EnStream will use the BlackBerry infrastructure to enable banks like RBC, TD and CIBC to "securely provision sensitive payment card credentials into any smartphone capable of near field communication."

Mobile payments are big for BlackBerry, both thanks to NFC-enabled devices as well as proven security on handsets, so this is a great announcement for both EnStream and BlackBerry as more and more financial institutions and retailers adopt transactions over NFC.

Tim Hortons launches new mobile payment service



Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Hortons has just launched a new mobile barcode payments system that allows you to pay using the TimmyMe app. The payment option has been in testing over the last few months, and is now available for all users in Canada and the United States.

Rogers introduces Suretap mobile payment system


Today Rogers has launched their suretap wallet — a new app for NFC-enabled BlackBerry 10 and Android devices that allows users to make payments at thousands of retailers using just their smartphone. Users can store eligible cards within the app, and at participating retailers can then tap their phones on the payment terminal for a transaction.

Suretap wallet lets you store cards such as a Rogers prepaid Mastercard as well as cards from Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill and Bar, Montana's Cookhouse, Harvey's, Kelsey's, Indigo, Earls Restaurants, Ardene, and Spafinder Wellness 365. Support for loyalty cards and coupons will be added in the future.

Learn more about suretap wallet, features and supported devices at

How to use NFC on BlackBerry OS 10.2.1


File sharing via NFC is nothing new for BlackBerry 10 users, although from my experience it's not used nearly as much as it should be. There isn't an easier way to share something with a friend - as long as they have a smartphone with NFC. Fortunately, all BlackBerry 10 devices have NFC - unlike a few competitors that still seem to be lagging behind on that front. 

TELUS introducing NFC-enabled SIM on October 10th


Much in the same fashion as Rogers did one year ago, TELUS is introducing NFC-enabled SIM cards to be used for mobile banking services. The new SIM will be available on October 10th though sadly it looks like it will only be compatible with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 - not any BlackBerry 10 devices (at least for now). 

Proxama to build Isis Mobile Wallet application for BlackBerry 10


Although the carrier (AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless) backed Isis NFC Mobile Wallet system has been off to a slow start and reportedly suffered some set backs as of late, that hasn't stopped that trials in any sort of way and things are forging ahead. 

When it comes to Isis and BlackBerry 10, Proxama has now announced they'll be building the Mobile Wallet application for the BlackBerry 10 platform to ensure Isis support for the devices when combined with carrier approved NFC SIM Cards.

The quickest way to share on BlackBerry 10? Just tap!


RBC and McDonald’s bring first NFC mobile debit transaction to Canada with a BlackBerry smartphone


In November of 2012, the first mobile credit payment was completed in Canada, made possible by Rogers and CIBC, and taking place at a Tim Hortons in Toronto.  More recently, on March 27th, the first Canadian mobile debit transaction was completed using NFC at a McDonald's in Toronto, utilizing an InteracFlash point-of-sale terminal, a BlackBerry Bold 9900, and an RBC bank account. Though it will be a bit longer before this NFC payment method is available to the general public, it is fantastic news and exciting to know that it's coming soon.

“This free mobile debit option will benefit both our clients and our merchants. RBC clients will be able to use their mobile devices to make debit payments when and where they wish to make them – and then to immediately check their online bank balance from those same devices,” explained Dave McKay, Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC Royal Bank.

Canadians should be seeing the roll out of mobile Interac Flash later this year. You can learn more in the full press release below.

Press Release: RIM Receives Approval from Visa for Mobile Payment Solution


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Press Release

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - January 16, 2013) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) today announced that its Secure Element Manager (SEM) solution for NFC (Near Field Communication) mobile payments has been approved by Visa. RIM's SEM is the backend solution for carriers that can securely manage credentials on SIM (subscriber identity module) cards installed in all types of NFC-capable mobile devices.