RIM, the manufacturer of all things BlackBerry, has just announced that Visa has given their nod of approval for their NFC-based mobile payment solution which allows carriers to support payments on just about any NFC-enabled smartphone. This underlines RIM’s seriousness in getting a slice of the growing mobile payments market, where RIM’s Secure Element Manager (SEM) solution that paves the way for users to enjoy mobile payments will be made available for any device that has Near Field Communication (NFC) technology apart from their own stable of BlackBerry devices, of course.
Frank Maduri, senior director of NFC Services and Trusted Service Manager (TSM) product management at RIM, mentioned, “The approval from Visa of RIM’s SEM solution is an important step in that it will enable carriers to support Visa-issuing banks and financial institutions. We now offer carriers a robust solution with around-the-clock global support that works on any NFC-capable device and meets the stringent technology and usability guidelines for Visa.”
Hopefully this will be the beginning of something good for RIM in the build up to this January 30th’s event.