Rogers launched their “suretap” mobile payment solution last year, leveraging a secure SIM card inside NFC enabled devices. Today the carrier has announced that suretap has been certified for Android and BlackBerry 10, meaning mobile payments will soon be making their way to both platforms on Rogers’ network. The certification simply means that suretap apps can now be developed for Android and BlackBerry 10 devices – at launch, suretap was only compatible with the BlackBerry 9900.
Rogers says that four Android phones and four BlackBerry devices are now suretap ready, including:
- BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Curve 9360, BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Z10 models
- The 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.”
suretap is likely to be available for many new Android and BlackBerry 10 devices going forward, most of which now include NFC as standard.