Payment Schemes Pick Up Pace of NFC Phone Certifications

Visa Inc. and MasterCard Worldwide appear to be stepping up the pace of NFC phone certifications as they gear up for the launch of more mobile-payment rollouts this year.

The payment networks had certified at least 25 NFC phones between them as of mid-May, including high-end handsets that are not yet on the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, as well as the mid-range Nokia Lumia 610.

The payment schemes hire labs to test the phones for consistent performance and security to run their respective contactless applications, Visa payWave and MasterCard PayPass.

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