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Jun 27, 2011

MasterCard App Bringing Mobile Payments to iOS, Android and BlackBerry

Shortly after MasterCard announced plans to become entangled with Google Wallet, it looks as if the company is diving into yet another mobile payment arena. And this time, it's personal. MasterCard and CSI Enterprises already offer a smattering of customized business cards for those with highly specific needs, and soon that partnership will extend to iOS, Android and BlackBerry OS.

The CSI Virtual MasterCard app is currently scheduled to launch in July, presumably enabling folks with a GlobalVCard to use their mobile device of choice to make payments. What's interesting here is the inclusion of RIM and iOS; there's no BlackBerry device (nor iOS device) on the market today with NFC, which leads to one of two things: that's either changing by July, or this here service won't rely on NFC at all.

17 comments:

Atley said...

kinda a scary thought to turn my whole life savings into nothing but ones and zeros. whats to stop hackers from stealing every penny i own?

The Beholder said...

Interesting blog. Will follow. Reminds me of the technology and innovation-related pages of Science Illustrated. Thank you for your kind words, by the way.

The Liquor Guy said...

Aww sweet! A much quicker way of getting rid of what little money I have left!

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To Tipota said...

wow i can't believe that google is ditching blackberry like that!

Ala Mode 7 said...

Soon our whole lives are going to be contained in little mobile devices, it's a strange and scary thought.

rooble said...

It's a good idea IMO, makes life easier for people.

Some Guy said...

Hmm not sure it will be safe

Kicking Rocks said...

seems that life is getting easier!

snoobyy said...

great news.

Zombie said...

I can foresee hackers hacking the crap out of this one...

blorriepoes said...

im not so into blackberry anyways.

NameBrands said...

hackers will have a field day with this

menshansnerts said...

Great news!

Athanasian Complexio said...

Yeah, I read something about this in Wired I think. It seemed interesting but seemed really easy to take advantage of.

iNews said...

Wow, nice News, thank you!

Triper said...

I am kind a confused... weird.

Travie said...

Yikes, I'd rather have bitcoins then this.