Contactless Payments Come to the iPhone

DeviceFidelity has launched its In2Pay solution, which enables iPhone 3G and 3GS users to make contactless payments by waving the device in front of a contactless payment terminal. The solution combines DeviceFidelity’s In2Pay microSD technology with a protective case that adds mobile contactless capability, enabling iPhone users make contactless payments when a removable In2Pay microSD is placed in the protective case.

DeviceFidelity has previously collaborated with Visa to combine Visa’s ‘payWave’ contactless payment technology with In2Pay to transform a mobile phone with a microSD memory slot into a mobile contactless payment device. But iPhone’s don’t have a microSD slot. Today’s announcement extends the functionality to the iPhone via the case that attaches to the dock connector and, according to DeviceFidelity, has the potential to accelerate the adoption of mobile contactless payments globally, especially in geographies where merchants have already upgraded payment terminals to accept contactless transactions.

It might sound a bit Heath Robinson, but if it opens up the world of contactless payments to iPhone users, it can’t help help but bring them into the public consciousness.