Wednesday, 27 February 2013

BlackBerry follows Samsung with a mobile payment debut


Direct from Mobile World Congress, Barcelona

BlackBerry follows Samsung with a mobile payment debut 

BlackBerry’s instant-messaging service, BBM, will have person-to-person payments added to its capabilities in a pilot that the handset maker is launching in Indonesia in collaboration with PT Bank Permata and Monitise, the mobile-money-platform provider. This announcement is the second at this year’s MWC of a major handset maker debuting in the mobile payment space. Yesterday, Samsung unveiled a deal with global payments network Visa to launch contactless payment services around the Samsung-controlled secure elements embedded in its devices.

With BBM Money, users will be able to create and access a mobile-money account from their BlackBerry devices and make real-time payments to other people who are also signed up to the service. They will also be able to use the account to buy airtime credit and transfer money to bank accounts.

Like Samsung, BlackBerry has been embedding secure elements into its NFC-enabled devices, so it’s probably just a matter of time before BBM Money is also extended to contactless payments in bricks-and-mortar stores. Just like last year, mobile payment is shaping up to be one of the main themes of the show.