Rogers suretap NFC Payment Expands to Android, BlackBerry 10

Rogers has announced this morning its suretap NFC mobile payment has expanded to Android and BlackBerry 10 models, as these mobile operating systems have been approved to use suretap apps. The following phones will be eligible:

  • BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900, BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9790 and BlackBerry® Z10 models
  • LG Optimus G
  • Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II models

“To continue driving adoption and growth of mobile payments in Canada, it is essential that a strong ecosystem is established to include multiple devices, operating systems and payment networks,” said Jeppe Dorff, Vice-President of Transaction Services, Rogers. “We know our customers have strong affinity to the Android platform and we are thrilled to include Android devices amongst smartphones ready to support mobile payment applications built for suretap.”

When asked about the iPhone and suretap, Rogers provided the following statement to us:

Currently, Apple does not offer a model of the iPhone with NFC capability, so at this time there are no immediate plans to add the iPhone as a suretap ready device.

Last November, Rogers and CIBC jointly announced the new suretap mobile solution, an NFC payment solution based on a credit card transaction. Rogers has partnered with Gemalto for the SIM-based NFC solution. Below is what is required to use suretap:

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The mobile wallet space is heating up, as MasterCard announced in February their MasterPass digital wallet app will launch this year. Let us know if you’ve tried suretap or are using it now.