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Will RIM Integrate NFC Payments With BlackBerry Wallet?


This one has been tickling my fancy since RIM first announced BlackBerry’s with NFC support. We know that payments is going to be one of the main game changers for NFC but there have been rumors going both ways as to if RIM would do NFC payments themselves or let carriers run it. I always thought it would be a brilliant way for RIM to make BlackBerry Wallet relevant again. I am not sure what RIM is planning since they seem to be going with carriers in France though they did talk up the MasterCard certification for the Bold and Curve lines.

My question to you is what you think would be the best model? Personally I am scared of carriers trying to squeeze another buck out of me with their NFC endeavors. Still they seem to be in the best position to make it happen. Sprint seems to be working on their own while other carriers in the US seem to have teamed up on this ISIS initiative in collaboration.

The big question is which solution will prevail and if consumers will win out in the end. What do you think?

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  1. I personally like the idea of integrating NFC and Wallet. My CC data is already there, makes life easy…

  2. I would much rather see it integrated with Wallet and Blackberry ID, but with RIM’s position in the USA I just don’t see them being able to hold off the carriers. And no doubt the carriers will be flexing their muscles on everything related to NFC.

  3. Definitely do not like the idea of carrier-ANYTHING! Hate all the major carriers in the U.S. as they only want to rip you off with no remorse…

  4. If the carriers have any control over NFC payments, I’m not going to use it at all.

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