Rogers begins mobile phone payment pilot with Visa

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Rogers Wireless is joining forces with Visa and RBC for a mobile phone payment pilot. Once launched, customers will be able to make payments simply by waving their specially-equipped mobile phones at Visa payWave-enabled checkout readers. A number of retail stores and quick-service restaurants will participate in the pilot.

Like a similar program already underway from Bell and MasterCard, the mobile phones (in this case provided by Motorola) use Near Field Communication (NFC) contactless chips to securely exchange information over a short range (no more than a few centimeters) and Over the Air delivery of mobile payment software and credit card information.

The pilot will start with an employee-only program before a customer phase begins in mid-2009.

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