O2’s parent company Telefonica have joined forces with Research In Motion, the brains behind the BlackBerry brand, to pilot a new electronic wallet system, which will allow users in Spain to sign in to their place of work and make small payment transactions.
The new system, which will be trialled on the successful Blackberry Bold and Curve ranges, will be operated in conjunction with local banks and businesses. Around 350 employees from Telefonica’s head office in Distrito, Spain, will have the ability to pay for goods and ‘clock in’ by tapping their handsets against a special scanner (those of you familiar with the Oyster Card system on London’s Underground will be accustomed to the technology)
It is hoped the trial will enable both companies to extend the technology to other countries in 2012, according to Telefónica chief operating officer Julio Linares who said RIM was chosen as the rollout partner due to the level of security its operating system presented.
“We have chosen the BlackBerry solution for this pilot because of the security that the platform brings,” Linares said.
“RIM’s participation has been key for this pilot project, and we are now planning to extend the project to more and more Telefónica employees around the world.”
NFC or near field communication has been in development for some time now and we’re gradually seeing the system being rolled out across various networks and mobile brands. If you would like to sell your old mobile phone for cash and upgrade to an NFC-enabled smartphone, such as the Curve or Bold, why not try mobile phone recycling? Think ‘sell my mobile for cash’ next time you’re due for an upgrade and put the money raised toward a new technology-rich smartphone.