BlackBerry’s smartphone sales continue to show fewer and fewer signs of economic life and seems the company is now following the common advice it is being given. Get out of hardware and make the move to platform services.
To that end, yesterday the Canadian company signed a new three-year deal with Canadian payments outfit EnStream to secure the credit card information on Canadians’ smartphones, reports Gigaom .
A joint venture between Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless- TelusEnStream provides the back-end technology necessary to make mobile payments possible on smartphones using NFC. It is a simalar concept to the American telecom partnership ISIS, except that instead of offering a unified mobile wallet, EnStream powers the mobile wallets developed by its carrier members and individual banks.
BlackBerry offers a highly secure enterprise communications infrastructure, as it has been in the game of routing businesses’ email to mobile devices for longer than anyone else. BlackBerry already entered a partnership with EnStream to provide security software, but this newest deal means BlackBerry will the way that payment data is carried from a smartphone to a bank.
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