Telus Rumoured to Introduce NFC-Enabled SIM Card October 10

by Istvan Fekete on October 9, 2013

Mobilesyrup has heard that Telus is about to jump in the mobile payments race by launching launch a new NFC (Near Field Communication) -enabled SIM card to enhance the payment via mobile device among Canadian users.

Looking at the Canadian mobile payments market, the picture doesn’t look that good. Near Field Communication (NFC) was touted as the definitive solution to push touchless mobile payments forward, as it uses low-power transmissions for contactless data exchange between devices.

Some smartphone manufacturers, such as BlackBerry, Samsung Nokia, LG, Sony, etc., have jumped into the NFC opportunity and packed this feature into their handsets. But this hasn’t quite caused a revolution among smartphone users. Despite a couple of studies showing Canadians’ intentions to leave their physical wallet back home and pay with their cellphone, the adoption of mobile payments is behind market expectations.

Rogers and CIBC were first in the market to offer the option to pay for small-ticket items using the suretap/CIBC mobile banking app. However, the possibility of paying with the mobile phone is kind of limited: it can be used only in selected Tim Hortons’, Petro-Canada stations, Loblaws, and Real Canadian Superstore branches.

Now Telus thinks is it time to help the revolution materialize: according to an internal document obtained by the Canadian blog Mobilesyrup, tomorrow, October 10, 2013, we will likely see an NFC-enabled SIM card from the country’s No. 2 telco. The SIM card will allow over-the-air installation and storage of payment credentials used for mobile banking services.

The NFC-enabled SIM card was likely possible due to a partnership between Telus and Gemalto. This allowed the carrier to use Gemalto’s UpTeq NDC SIM cards to enable customers to securely store a variety of credentials on their SIM card for use with their mobile phones. The technology allows customers to make secure payments, participate in loyalty programs, validate their transit pass, and redeem coupons.

The NFC-enabled SIM card will cost $15, will be compatible with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Samsung Galaxy S3, and will work on Telus’ LTE and HSPA+ networks.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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