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suretap expands to Android and BlackBerry 10 models

suretap ready devices certified by MasterCard and Visa as secure and
ready for mobile payment solutions on Android and BlackBerry 10
operating systems

TORONTO, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ – Rogers Communications announced today
the certification of its suretap™ service for the Android and
BlackBerry 10 operating systems. The certification allows credentials
issuers including banks, loyalty and reward programs to develop mobile
payment solutions for Android and BlackBerry 10 devices that leverage
the secure SIM card in an NFC-enabled device. Rogers suretap service
enables smartphones to securely perform payments on mobile devices and
as of today, is accepted at tens of thousands of MasterCard PayPass® and Visa payWave® contactless terminals across Canada.

“To continue driving adoption and growth of mobile payments in Canada,
it is essential that a strong ecosystem is established to include
multiple devices, operating systems and payment networks,” said Jeppe
Dorff, Vice-President of Transaction Services, Rogers. “We know our
customers have strong affinity to the Android platform and we are
thrilled to include Android devices amongst smartphones ready to
support mobile payment applications built for suretap.”

As of today, three Android NFC-enabled smartphones and four BlackBerry®
smartphones are suretap mobile-payment-ready – secure and ready for
mobile payment solutions to be developed for consumer use. Suretap
ready devices now certified as ready to support new mobile payment
applications that accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards include:

  • BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900, BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9790
    and BlackBerry® Z10 models
  • LG Optimus G
  • Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II models

“The Android operating system holds the largest share of smartphone unit
shipments in Canada and in North America today,” said Krista Napier,
Senior Analyst for Mobility at IDC Canada. “Because of Android’s market
presence, and Canadians’ growing usage of smartphones for many of their
daily activities, there is growth potential for mobile payment
solutions being offered to Canadians on the Android platform.” 

Last year Rogers launched suretap, the first mobile payment solution
Canada to leverage the secure SIM card inside an NFC-enabled device.
Today, tens of thousands of suretap SIM cards are in market and
hundreds of thousands of suretap mobile payment -ready devices are
being used by Canadians.

For more information about suretap, visit www.rogers.com/suretap.

About Rogers Communications
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable
television, high-speed Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers
Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised
shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and
digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange
(TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).

SOURCE: Rogers Communications Inc.