Telefonica in Spain is joining with Research In Motion in a near-field communications experiment. The plan is to give 350 Telefonica employees the ability, through their BlackBerry phones, to make purchases, check bank account balances and use their NFC-enabled devices to gain secure access to offices. Telefonica, which also is working with Britain's Vodafone and France Telecom's Orange on NFC, said it chose BlackBerry for the trial because of the security of its platform.

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