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CIBC Mobile Payments App now available for Android

May ’13; The CIBC Mobile Payments App is now available for Android smartphones from Rogers.
This app is first available for the Samsung Galaxy S3, available for other Android devices in a few weeks. The App can be downloaded from Google Play. Contactless Visa and MasterCard payments (up to $50), are accepted at thousands of retailers with an nfc enabled payment terminal.

CARRIER Bell Mob. City Rogers Sask fido Telus Video Virgin Wind
BlackBerry Z30 x  x x
 BlackBerry Q5 nfc? x x  x x  nfc  x  x
BlackBerry Q10 x x x x x  x x  x
 BlackBerry Z10 x  x x x  x  x  x  x  x
BlackBerry Curve 9380 x x  x x  x
BlackBerry Bold 9790  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
BlackBerry 9900/9930 x x x x x x x x
BlackBerry 9360 x x x x x x x x x
HTC ONE x x x x x  x
 Windows phone 8x by HTC x x
HTC ONE X x  x &X+
HTC Amaze x x x x
 Nexus 4 x  x  x  x  x
LG G flex soon
LG G2  x x x x x  x
LG Optimus 4x HD  x x
 LG Optimus G  x x x x
LG Optimus L7  x x
 LG Optimus L5  x  x  x
Motorola Moto X x
Motorola Razr HD x  x
Nokia Lumia 1020 x x
Nokia Lumia 620 x
 Nokia Lumia 920  x
Nokia N9
Nokia C7 x x
Samsung Note 3 x
 Samsung Gal. S 4  x  x  x  x x x x x x
Samsung Ativ S  x x x x
Samsung Galaxy Rugby pro x x
Samsung Galaxy S 3  x  x  x  x  x  x x  x  x
Google Nexus S x x x x x x
 Gal. Note 2  x  x  x  x  x x  x
Galaxy note  x
Samsung Galaxy S 2
NFC opt.
GS2 LTE yes NFC? GS2 X
Galaxy Nexus x  x  x  x  x  x  x x  x
Sony Xperia ZL x x x x x
Xperia L x  x
Xperia Z x
 Sony Xperia T x  x  x  x
 Xperia SP x  x  x  x
 Sony Xperia S
Sony Xperia ion x  x


RBC and Bell Mobility

May’13 – RBC and Bell are testing contactless payments with consumer and merchant customers over this summer. By the end of 2013, RBC and Bell customers will be able to pay for transactions with their mobile phone. NFC enabled BlackBerry’s and a range of Android devices from several manufacturers will be compatible. Later, Bell will make the special SIM cards available to all NFC-capable devices. Debit- or credit card Data is stored on SIM-based Secure Element.

Suretap ready devices

March 20 ’13, three Android NFC-enabled smartphones and four BlackBerry® smartphones are suretap mobile-payment-ready – secure and ready for mobile payment solutions to be developed for consumer use. Suretap ready devices now certified as ready to support new mobile payment applications that accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards include:
– BlackBerry® Bold™ 9790 + 9900, BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360
– BlackBerry® Z10 models
– LG Optimus G
– Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II models

mobile wallet from Rogers and the CIBC

Rogers CIBC mobile wallet for contactless payments with nfc enabled smartphone
Nov.’12. The mobile wallet from Rogers and the CIBC will be available from November 16 2012. Contactless payments with a tap of an nfc enabled smartphone. This new way to pay will be available to CIBC credit card clients (whether Visa or MasterCard) using a Rogers smartphone. They call it a “mobile credit card transaction”, the payment will be automatically charged to their CIBC credit card.
The CIBC Mobile Payment App will be accepted at the tens of thousands of Visa payWave and MasterCard PayPass contactless terminals across Canada and around the world.

The CIBC Mobile Payment App will first be available for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 on the Rogers wireless network. Other “suretap ready devices” will support the wallet in 2013, also Android and Windows 8 phones.
A special NFC SIM card is required to participate, you can order online.
Source; Rogers/CIBC

Canadians world leaders in adopting MasterCard’s PayPass contactless payment technology

Nov.’12. Canadian consumers are world leaders in adopting MasterCard’s PayPass Tap & Go contactless payment technology.
One-in-ten in-store purchases are made with a MasterCard PayPass-enabled credit card, according to MasterCard Canada research.Mastercard Paypass ready NFC contactless payments
Nearly all credit cards issued in Canada today are PayPass-enabled and, using BMO’s Mobile Tag, Canadians are able to pay with their mobile phones via PayPass. Nineteen of the top twenty-five largest retailers across Canada accept or plan to accept PayPass, including Tim Hortons, Petro Canada, and Loblaws.
Currently, signatures are not required for PayPass purchases under $50, further speeding customers’ transactions.
PayPass can also provide better record-keeping than cash. PayPass is ideal for quick payment environments where speed is essential.
Canada is in an excellent position to roll out NFC contactless payments initiated using mobile phones.
Source Mastercard

Contactless NFC payment solution with NFC Phones from CIBC and Rogers

Update sept.’12; “There’s no question that when we launch our credit card, it will also be one of the first credit cards on your virtual wallet.”
“Today the average Canadian carries 22 plastic cards in their wallet. Think transit, credit, debit, loyalty and government-issued ID. If you do the math, we’re collectively carrying 675 million pieces of plastic. At $5 a pop, that’s a lot of plastic to manufacture and distribute.”
“Tomorrow it will be your virtual wallet…a safe and secure platform that uses the SIM card inside your NFC-enabled device to safely manage all of your information.”
Rogers President and CEO Nadir Mohamed, via redboard.rogers.com

May ’12 , CIBC and Rogers Communications announced an agreement to launch Canada’s first joint mobile payment solution, allowing Canadians to pay with their CIBC credit card at the checkout counter using their Rogers NFC enabled smartphone. Beginning later in 2012, customers will be able to use this payment capability at merchants across Canada where contactless credit card payments are accepted.

This announcement represents the first time a bank and a wireless carrier have joined forces to offer a commercially available mobile payments solution to Canadians that leverages the secure SIM card inside an NFC-enabled Rogers smartphone.

Some of the key features of the new mobile payments solution include:
* Full access to a client’s existing CIBC credit cards on their smartphone at no extra cost – whether Visa or MasterCard – this gives clients the opportunity to earn loyalty points on purchases as they do today.
* Multiple layers of security – Paying with your NFC-enabled smartphone will be as secure as using your credit card today. Clients will receive the same fraud protection they do with their contactless credit card.

This new CIBC mobile payments capability will be available on select BlackBerry® smartphones on the Rogers wireless network when the solution launches later this year, with additional device choices for clients available following launch.
(“A roadmap is now in development for devices using Google’s Android platform”)
Source; CIBC.com

No costs for merchants or customers. CIBC is believed to be paying the mobile provider a flat-free “rent” to host account credentials in the secure element on the SIM cards within devices.

Soon NFC enabled Mobile Wallet service from Canadian banks, credit card companies and telecoms?

May ’12; Reuters.com published a post about this, here’s a summary.
Canada has more readers for contact-less payments per capita than in any other country. The readers (payment terminals) work with Near Field Communication chips embedded in credit or debit cards. NFC chips are a safer alternative to the easily hacked traditional magnetic strips.
This type of reader is installed in between 12 and 15 percent of all retail outlets, according to Almis Ledas, chief operating officer of EnStream. EnStream, a joint venture of Canada’s three main telecom carriers, plans to launch a platform to connect with banks by the summer.

David Robinson, head of the emerging business team at Rogers Com. Inc. expects to launch a mobile wallet service within six months. “We are more ready than probably any country in the world” he said. Rogers is the country’s largest wireless provider.

Another plus for Canada is that many Canadians either already own a handset with NFC chip, or will soon. Canadians upgrade their Phones rapidly. (Probably a relatively large amount of BlackBerry devices with NFC chip)

Several people involved in negotiations between the banks and the 3 telecom companies Rogers, Bell and Telus, say, they are in the final stages of talks.

“Telecoms want to charge a flat annual fee to allow a bank to load a consumer’s financial credentials on the SIM card inside a NFC-enabled smartphone. That would allow the phone to replace a debit or credit card, but would not offer the phone company a cut of any transaction made over smartphones.”

“Officials at Canada’s five biggest banks declined to comment on mobile payments. The Canadian Bankers Association said it is working on a set of standards for the emerging industry.”
Source; Reuters.com


BMO customers can attach a tag to their mobile phone to make contactless payments at points of sale by simply tapping the phone against a PayPass reader. Once the purchase is complete the user receives an instant email verification of the transaction.
According to BMO, all purchases are charged to the customer’s existing credit card account. For purchases under $50, no PIN, swipe or signature is required.


HMV launches Visa payWave contactless payments across Canada.
Entertainment retail chain HMV (116 stores) enables Visa payWave contactless payments in Canada.
The system is also equipped to handle contactless payments made with payWave enabled ( NFC ) handsets.

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