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MasterCard, Citi and Bell report on Canadian NFC payments trial

Participants recorded an average transaction amount of $20 during the small scale four month trial.

CLOSED TEST: The four month 75 person trial has yielded Canada-specific data for Citi, Bell and MasterCard

CLOSED TEST: The four month 75 person trial has yielded Canada-specific data for Citi, Bell and MasterCard

The four-month closed trial took place at Bell Mobility’s Creekbank office in Ontario. Approximately 75 employees from Bell, Citi Cards and MasterCard took part and recorded an average transaction amount of just under C$20. Participants could make purchases using their mobile device at any MasterCard PayPass accepting location in Canada.

“The completion of this trial provides us with Canadian-specific data that will help prepare for the potential roll-out of mobile payment services in the future,” says Scott Lapstra, vice president of market development at MasterCard Canada.

“As one of the first issuers to offer PayPass-enabled cards in Canada, we have always worked with MasterCard to find new, convenient payment solutions for consumers,” says Richard McLaughlin, chief marketing officer at Citi Cards Canada. “We believe that mobile payment has strong potential to become part of Canada’s future payment landscape.”

Almis Ledas, vice president of corporate development at Bell Mobility, added that “Our objective is to achieve a common gateway and standardized consumer experience for mobile payments. This successful trial underlined both the security and the convenience of mobile payments.”

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