In partnership with BMO Bank of Montreal and Research In Motion, MasterCard Canada is bringing its PayPass Tap & Go contactless payment technology to BlackBerry smart phones for a four-month trial.
In this trial, participants will use PayPass Mobile Tag-equipped BlackBerry devices to make purchases at any of the 8,500 merchant locations in Canada that accept MasterCard PayPass.
The system works through a PayPass Mobile Tag, a self-adhesive device that may be attached to a BlackBerry to add MasterCard PayPass contactless payment capability. The Mobile Tag contains the same chip and antenna found in a regular PayPass card, with the addition of special material to reduce interference between the Mobile Tag and the phone to which it is attached.
BlackBerry’s equipped with PayPass Mobile Tags also offer the unique advantage of automatically receiving confirmation emails of each transaction immediately following the purchase. These paperless receipts include purchase details such as the amount, retailer and date of transaction.