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First NFC wallet BlackBerry service rolled out in Turkey

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RIM today announced that they're making use of that MasterCard PayPass certification for a near-field communications-enabled mobile wallet in Turkey. The Turkcell BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be spearheading the new contactless payment scheme, though it's easy to imagine the wealth of other NFC BlackBerry devices getting in on the service too - especially the BlackBerry Curve 9360, since it's already certified. Transactions under a certain amount won't need a PIN to be entered, ensuring you can tap and go with ease, but for anything over 35 Turkish Lira (or roughly $20), you'll need to authenticate. 

Before getting too cynical about RIM paying attention to everywhere but North America, it's worth noting that Turkey is huge. There are 72 million people there, with 66 million cell phones in use as of 2009. Just to put that in perspective, here in Canada we've got about 24 million mobiles running among 34 million people. 

Regardless, it'll be great when PayPass with mobile NFC lands here at home, and BlackBerry can start giving Google Wallet a bit of honest competition.  Keep reading for the full press release.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 Are World's First SIM-Based Smartphones to be MasterCard PayPass Certified

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It looks like the NFC wheels are in motion for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360. Both devices became the first SIM-based smartphones to be certified by Mastercard as PayPass approved, meaning we may not have to wait much longer to put that NFC feature to good use. Here's to hoping this is just the start of whats to come on the NFC front.

Press Release

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2011) - Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® BoldTM 9900 and BlackBerry® CurveTM 9360 smartphones are the first SIM-based NFC smartphones to be certified by MasterCard Worldwide as PayPass-approved devices.

The certification was granted on the basis of the BlackBerry® smartphones meeting the functionality, interoperability and security requirements of MasterCard. With this certification, any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally will be able to deploy MasterCard PayPass-enabled accounts to the SIM card of these smartphones.