Visa and DeviceFidelity are working to allow Apple iPhone users to make payments by simply waving their iPhone in front of a contactless payment terminal.
The new technology, developed by DeviceFidelity and certified by Apple, combines a protective iPhone case with a secure Micro SD card that hosts Visa’s contactless payment application, called Visa payWave. The technology will work for both iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G devices.
iPhone users will be able to make Visa mobile payments in retail stores, at fast food restaurants, in taxis, during sporting events (such as at baseball games), and also make purchases at vending machines that have contactless payment terminals.
Thousands of merchants throughout the U.S. have already upgraded their payment terminals to allow consumers to make Visa mobile payments. The technology will also work with a majority of smart phones that have a slot for a memory card.
By simply inserting the card into the memory slot on their phone, mobile users can transform their existing mobile phones into a Visa payment device. Visa has already rolled out a similar technology in Malaysia and Japan, where consumers can make mobile payments in stores and restaurants.
The mobile payment application can be password protected and utilizes advanced security technology to uniquely identify each contactless transaction.
Market trials of the payment-enabled iPhone are scheduled to start this summer.