Research in Motion (RIM) and the Bank of America are starting up a trial run of a Near Field Communication (NFC)-based mobile payment system, or mobile wallet. It’s a limited-run trial lasting a few months, and only for those invited to take part.
This is because it works by replacing the back cover of your phone with an NFC-enabled one, allowing you to pay by tapping your phone against NFC terminals to complete a payment.
Supported phones include most of RIM’s popular BlackBerries from the last few years, including:
- Curve 8520 & 8530
- Tour 9630
- Bold 9000, 9650, 9700
You’ll also have to have an active Bank of America account, of course.