Canada: Telco Joint Venture Trials Contactless Stickers
EnStream, the joint venture of Canada’s three major mobile operators, is testing a passive sticker to enable subscribers of its Zoompass P2P mobile-commerce service to also tap their phones at merchant locations that accept MasterCard PayPass. The stickers are a companion to contactless prepaid PayPass cards subscribers to the service they can use to spend at physical stores from their Zoompass accounts. The trial is scheduled to last for three months.
The Canadian telcos launched their Zoompass network-based P2P service in June 2009, and included contactless cards issued by the small Peoples Bank for subscribers to use at the point of sale. The addition of the passive sticker, which users can affix to their phones, adds an m-payment element while the telcos wait for NFC phones. A representative of their joint venture, EnStream, denies the telcos are after the payments business of Canada’s Big Five banks.
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