MasterCard has certified a slew of NFC-enabled smart phones for use with MasterCard PayPass contactless payment technology.
Newly certified devices include: BlackBerry Bold 9790, BlackBerry Curve 9380, HTC One X, Intel Smartphone Reference Device, LG Viper 4G LTE, LG Optimus Elite, Nokia 603, Nokia Lumia 610 NFC, Samsung Wave Y, Samsung Galaxy mini 2, Samsung Galaxy S Advance, Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GT-i9250), Sony Xperia S, Sony Xperia P and Sony Xperia sola.
These smart phones join the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360, which were the first to receive PayPass certification in fall 2011.
MasterCard has also unveiled a new brand identifier––”MasterCard PayPass Ready”––that device manufacturers can use with NFC-enabled smart phones that have received PayPass certification.
The MasterCard PayPass Ready identifier can be included as a sticker on the approved device, and in an approved device’s packaging, marketing collateral and advertisements. According to MasterCard, Nokia and BlackBerry-maker RIM are among the first handset manufacturers committed to supporting this brand mark.