Rogers Communications has taken yet another step into the mobile payments sector in the country.
Rogers Communications has announced that it has now launched its suretap wallet, which is an NFC technology based mobile payments app that gives consumers with enabled smartphones the ability to store their credit and debit cards in digital form so that they can make purchases at tens of thousands of retailers throughout Canada.
The suretap wallet app is designed to make it simpler and more convenient for consumers to shop.
According to the Rogers vice president for transaction services, Jeppe Dorff, who was quoted in the company’s press release, “Our customers are inseparable from their smartphones, and we know they are ready and want to use them to make payments. With the suretap wallet, their smartphones and wallets will now be one and the same.” He went on to say that this makes it possible for thousands of consumers across Canada to quickly, securely, and easily complete NFC technology based mobile payments.
As this service is based on NFC technology, these mobile payments are still available to a minority of smartphone owners.
Dorff explained that smartphone users who have near field communication enabled devices will be able to use those gadgets to pay for purchases instead of having to fumble for a plastic card in an actual physical wallet in order to complete a transaction at a checkout counter. Users are able to add multiple credit cards to their suretap wallet. Naturally, Rogers prefers their own prepaid MasterCard that can be refilled with funds so that they can be used for making purchases.
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It is also possible to add gift cards that have been purchased from a range of different restaurants, merchants, and retailers to the mobile wallet. Among the options that are currently compatible are Milestones Grill and Bar, Swiss Chalet, Montana’s Cookhouse, Kelsey’s, Harvey’s, Earl’s Restaurants, Indigo, Spafinder Wellness 365 and Ardene. However, this app will likely be able to offer additional retailer gift cards in the future, in addition to ID cards, loyalty cards, and coupons.
The application has now been made available for NFC technology enabled devices based on Android and BlackBerry 10.