A network of about 8,500 Canadian merchants that accept MasterCard's contactless payments will also accept contactless BlackBerry payments as Bank of Montreal, MasterCard and Research in Motion launch a new mobile pilot.

During a four-month test, Canadians will make payments using BlackBerrys equipped with contactless stickers. The enabling technology is the PayPass Mobile Tag, which is a self-adhesive device that attaches to the BlackBerry and contains the same chip and antenna included in PayPass cards.

Participants will receive a phone confirmation email for each transaction, including details on the amount, retailer and date of each transaction. Scott Lapstra, vp of market development for MasterCard Canada, says consumers have embraced mobile applications, and the card firm expects the mobile payments trial will impact the way goods and services are paid for at the point of sale in the future.

BMO Bank of Montreal vp of payment products David Heatherly said the pilot would allow the bank to evaluate mobile payment experience as part of an evolution toward mainstream use and acceptance.

MasterCard has been active in the mobile channel in the past year, introducing its Priceless Picks App in July. Another card company, Discover also recently introduced an app for iPhone and iPod touch. Once logged in, the app offers Discover.com account access and provides other functions, such as the ability to review recent activity, make a payment and view rewards details.



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