Telefónica to Try Out Payment on NFC-Enabled BlackBerrys

Nov 24 2011

Spain-based Telefónica Group and Research In Motion announced today an employee trial at Telefónica’s headquarters that will test up to three NFC-enabled BlackBerry models for payment and physical access control.

The trial will involve 350 employees at part of the telco’s headquarters complex in Madrid. Telefónica earlier this year launched a large trial of payment and employee physical access control at its headquarters, using the Samsung S5230 NFC phone, known as the Samsung Star in Spain.

The new pilot could be an extension of that trial. The telco and RIM noted today that Telefónica had developed a version of its mobile wallet for RIM’s NFC-enabled smartphones and its new BlackBerry 7 operating system.

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