With leaks claiming that RIM is planning to pack near field communication capabilities into several upcoming BlackBerrys, plus a recent partnership with Bank of America to test NFC-enabled 'Berrys, it certainly seems like the Waterloo-based firm is going whole hog with the feature. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, though, some carriers aren't thrilled with RIM's implementation of the tech. The WSJ claims that RIM wants to store payment data directly in a secure area of a user's BlackBerry, locking users to their smartphone, while carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile would prefer that that data be stored on the device owner's SIM card.
The situation is a pretty interesting one, and I'm excited to see how it turns out. On one hand, having your NFC payment data stored on a SIM card would make switching devices much easier, but it would also make your data much easier to lose compared to having it stored on a smartphone. If you do keep it on a phone, though, it could be tough to switch devices, especially if you're apt to buying new phones on a regular basis. As the WSJ points out, this isn't much of a problem for CDMA users right now, but LTE on the horizon, it could become an issue. Where do you all stand on the matter? If you were to use NFC, would you rather have your data stored on your phone or your SIM card?