Canadian manufacturer RIM and Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica have announced that they’re trialing NFC payment action in good old Spain.
A number of Telefonica employees – 350 to be precise – will take part in the Telefonica Wallet trial, allowing them to make payment at a number of banks and retailers with a simple tap.
Interestingly, the employees will also be able to use their BlackBerry phones to gain access to Telefonica headquarters, in lieu of their usual physical passes.
Compatible phones at this stage are the BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and BlackBerry Curve 9380, all of which rock BlackBerry OS 7 with NFC tech on board.
“We have chosen the BlackBerry solution for this pilot because of the security that the platform brings,” explains Telefonica COO, Julio Linares. “RIM’s participation has been key for this pilot project, and we are now planning to extend the project to more and more Telefónica employees around the world.”
Jim Balsillie, RIM’s Co-CEO, adds: “We have a strong partnership with Telefónica Group and we are very proud to participate in this important pilot, which allows people to use their BlackBerry smartphone in place of separate physical cards for mobile payments and building access.”
RIM’s press release tells us Telefonica Wallet will be deployed across Spain first, before rolling out to “several international markets” (presumably that includes us) in 2012.