Google Wallet launches in the US

Citi Mastercard and Google Prepaid cards currently on the system, with more coming
Kerry Butters

September 21, 2011
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Google has released the first version of Google wallet to all Sprint Nexus S 4G phones in the US, following months of extensive testing.

The application is expected to be rolled out via an over-the-air update.

The Google Wallet app effectively “makes your phone your wallet”, and enables users to pay for goods using near field communication (NFC), which allow devices to communicate with another chip over a short range.

Users of the Android-based app look for a special Wi-Fi symbol on a till or pay point that lets them know they can use the service.

Then it’s just a case of opening the app, choosing the payment card and tapping it whilst holding the smartphone next to the pay point.

Google Wallet users will be able to pay with Citi Mastercard and Google Prepaid cards, and it is expected that American Express, Visa and Discover will also soon be added.

“Our goal is to make it possible for you to add all of your payment cards to Google Wallet, so you can say goodbye to even the biggest traditional wallets,” the search giant says on its blog.

Google also states that this is just the first step in project and they will be adding more devices soon.

It is thought that the app will be launched outside of the US next year, with the UK being (hopefully) the first to enjoy the new service.

The idea is that we all become both a cashless and wallet-less society in the long term as more and more aspects of our lives become digitised.


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