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?
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.
The banks are now starting to adopt HCE (host card emulation) and moving away from NFC SIMs (RBC was first, now TD), so the point of having/not having NFC SIMs maybe moot.
Apple Pay also does not use NFC SIMs.
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.
A representative with TD technical support just confirmed that the only providers they support are Bell/Telus/Rogers. Kodoo, Fido or any other discount providers aren't compatible at this time. I requested they add Fido, and he said they were working on it, but no ETA at this time.
That would be nice if Fido introduces the NFC SIM Card. TD bank hooks up with Rogers while RBC hooks up with Bell. Fido should do the same as Rogers. Other than file/calendar/pictures transfer, the NFC should be widely used for tap-to-pay. For now, Tim Horton is the only place where I can tap my Blackberry Z10 to pay. I would like to use NFC payment for more stores.
Maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about, but isn't there services like google wallet or I heard paypal wallet or many others similar services that you can link to your bank account or credit card? So you use those services instead? I'm not talking about some random app on the internet, im talking about google or paypal.
But again, I never used NFC but I get how it works, but wouldn't apps like google wallet or similar be a workaround?
Google wallet (tap and pay) is not available in canada. as toi this NFC sim? what is is exactely? the link prvided is just marketing BS (nice secure and unicorns) , no technicalities (how does it work? why the need for a that special SIM card ..etc).
Oh by the way, want NFC thinggies? plenty of cards (physical separate cards) that do that, why not use them (as in the end you need a credit/debit card to tie to, no matter what). From safety POV: something about eggs, and a basket.
Hey uyyut123, no word on that yet. If we have any updates, it'll be posted on Fido.ca.
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