RIM And Carriers Gear For NFC Payment Information Battle
Carriers want the exploitation to end there. If they have their way, they want vital payment information embedded in SIM cards, so that regardless of which phone a user buys, the payment data (and potential revenue) is embedded in a carrier's SIM card. RIM wants the opposite. They want the data embedded into the phone, giving users the ability to change carriers while still retaining their existing phone and data. And so, the fight begins.
Right now, it's more of a cold war. No one is really coming and stating that this idea will not be supported. But analysts are suggesting that carriers will be a halt to the plans should RIM decide to embed NFC data directly in a secure area of the phone rather than on a carrier's SIM card. The end result of this battle is important to pay attention to. If RIM succeeds, it's great news for consumers who are tired of being tied down to contracts with carriers who are attempting to control the entire experience. Should carriers win out, the opposite is true. It sounds like a pretty small issue in an of itself, but big precedents are at stake here.