Canadian Telco Rogers to Launch NFC Service This Month with Bank, BlackBerrys

Canada’s largest mobile operator, Rogers Communications, and one of the country’s largest card issuers, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, will launch an NFC-based mobile-payment service Nov. 16, with plans to expand the service early next year.

Rogers and CIBC announced the launch date Friday, along with the two initial NFC phone models available for the service, both older BlackBerry models. They said Rogers would add NFC-enabled Android and Windows Phone 8 models for its “suretap” NFC mobile-wallet service in early 2013.

“Being able to pay for goods with your phone is something we’re convinced that our clients and Canadians really want,” David Williamson, CIBC’s senior executive vice president and group head for retail and business banking, said in a video released with the launch announcement Friday. The telco and bank announced their intention to launch an NFC payment service last May.

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