When will Fido have NFC SIM cards available?
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Hey uyyut123, no word on that yet. If we have any updates, it'll be posted on Fido.ca.
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I just saw some great new regarding future NFC sim card availabilty for Fido customers on a Rogers Forum by a Rogers Rep. It's really strange that Fido Reps have no idea here!!!
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That NFC SIM cards are "on the roadmap" is not in question - it's simply inevitable, in the same way that LTE was slowly introduced and became a defacto standard. Both Bell and Telus' value sub-brands, Virgin and Koodo, already offer NFC SIM's, as does Rogers Wireless itself. I don't know about Wind/Mobilicity/etc, but if they don't yet have NFC SIMs, it's only a matter of time before they do.
Mobile payments aren't going anywhere BUT forward - and since NFC SIM cards are a prerequisite (they're involved in the encryption chain), it's only a matter of time before Fido has no choice but offer them.
As far as the market, the competition, and all of us are concerned, that time is NOW. RogersCo, however, are taking their sweet time, because... well, because they can. What probably started off as a feature differentiation between premium and value brands (i.e. Rogers & Fido) when NFC SIMs were first introduced 2+ years ago, now just looks like poor prioritization / lazyness on RogersCo/Fido's part.
Question now is - how many more months/years until this tortoise crawls to the finish line?
I already asked on the French-speaking forums, but there isn't much activity over there:
What are the advantages of NFC payment over just using a credit card? From what I can find, none. It's easier/faster to use a credit card and I still need to carry that card anyway because there's a limit on contact-less payments.
I have no objections to NFC payment; I just can't see a scenario where I'd be using it.
It was in question for me because there was no indication anywhere from Fido. My problem was not with the nature of the task but with the lack of knowlegde from Fido employees..
Now at least we know its in works but yes they are really slow at an unacceptable rate. Pretty much every other carrier has it now except maybe Wind.
- Apple Pay launched in Canada and does not use NFC SIM
- Suretap has packed up and gone home
- RBC and TD migrated to Host Card Emulation (HCE)
- UGO started to use HCE (instead of NFC SIM)
- Android Pay (rumored to be launched in Canada later this year) is also based on HCE
There are little points in offering NFC SIMs.
Mu phone got NFC built in and my bank offer the app to pay with a phone. Greay I use it all the time.
My question is, if your phone is not equipped with NFC like most of them can the NFC SIM card allow to use payments by NFC?
If yes NFC SIMs have a full value.