RIM jumps after upgrade and Visa mobile approval

Shares of Research In Motion Ltd. rose more than 5%, trading above the $15 mark for the first time since early 2012, after an upgrade at Charter Equity and Visa’s decision to greenlight its mobile payments system.Chart Equity analyst Ed Snyder raised his rating to buy from underperform given his positive outlook on RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system.Meanwhile, RIM said the Visa credit card system has approved the smartphone company’s method for handling secure mobile payments.The go-ahead from Visa is a step towards offering global support for any device equipped with the BlackBerry maker’s mobile-payments technology. Visa’s approval also builds on an initiative by Canada’s three biggest wireless networks through their EnStream joint venture.RIM’s BlackBerry has built a reputation for highly secure mobile communications used by military, law enforcement and business customers around the world.The company is hoping to use that reputation and a new generation of BlackBerry to reclaim market share lost to Apple’s iPhone and Android-based smartphones.The official launch of the BlackBerry 10 product line is scheduled for Jan. 30.Research In Motion describes its Secure Element Manager technology, or SEM, as a way for networks to manage all types of mobile devices equipped for close-range wireless payments, also known as near field communications or NFC.The EnStream joint venture owned by BCE’s Bell (TSX:BCE), Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Telus (TSX:T) has already begun to deploy mobile payments in Canada using the RIM SEM technology.“The approval from Visa of RIM’s SEM solution is an important step in that it will enable carriers to support Visa issuing banks and financial institutions,” said Frank Maduri, a RIM senior director responsible for mobile payment services.“We now offer carriers a robust solution with around-the-clock global support that works on any NFC-capable device, and meets the stringent technology and usability guidelines for Visa.”With files from Financial Post

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