Rogers customers who have the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Curve 9380, plus who have a CIBC credit card, can now visit select retailers and pay via their device. Rogers and CIBC teamed up today to launch the “suretap” mobile payment app.
The official description of suretap is that it’s “a new solution that allows you to store existing credit cards on the secure SIM card in your NFC-enabled device for use mobile payments.” Basically you can walk up to a retailer and hold your device to the terminal and simply pay for you product. It will then get billed to your CIBC credit card – the current limit per transaction is $50. Suretap is only available on the two NFC-enabled BlackBerry devices listed above, but will be coming to Android and Windows Phone 8 devices “in early 2013.”
If you’re interested in giving this a go you’ll need to grab an NFC SIM at your local Rogers, plus have a “suretap solution-ready device” and download the CIBC Mobile Payment app via BlackBerry App World. Some of the retailers that have started to accept this are Tim Horton’s, McDonalds, Subway, Toronto Parking Authority, Harvey’s, Green P Parking and anywhere really that has the VISA payWave and MasterCard PayPass terminals.
There’s a pic above, plus video coming soon, that shows Olympic gold medalist Simon Whitfield making the first payment via a BlackBerry Bold 9900 – bought 3 coffees for $5.80.
Update: The app will be available November 16th, but NFC-enabled SIM cards are available today at Rogers locations.