Mar 21, 2013– Toronto, Canada  (Techreleased) – Rogers Communications announced today the certification of its suretap service for the Android and BlackBerry 10 operating systems. The certification allows credentials issuers including banks, loyalty and reward programs to develop mobile payment solutions for Android and BlackBerry 10 devices that leverage the secure SIM card in an NFC-enabled device. Rogers suretap service enables smartphones to securely perform payments on mobile devices and as of today, is accepted at tens of thousands of MasterCard PayPass and Visa payWave contactless terminals across Canada.

Suretap Expands To Android And BlackBerry 10 Models
Suretap Expands To Android And BlackBerry 10 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.”

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

“The Android operating system holds the largest share of smartphone unit shipments in Canada and in North America today,” said Krista Napier, Senior Analyst for Mobility at IDC Canada. “Because of Android’s market presence, and Canadians’ growing usage of smartphones for many of their daily activities, there is growth potential for mobile payment solutions being offered to Canadians on the Android platform.”

Last year Rogers launched suretap, the first mobile payment solution Canada to leverage the secure SIM card inside an NFC-enabled device. Today, tens of thousands of suretap SIM cards are in market and hundreds of thousands of suretap mobile payment -ready devices are being used by Canadians.