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Google Wallet Launches – Visa, Discover and and American Express Support on the Way

Today, is officially Google Wallet day.  We were first introduced to the technology back in May and are excited to now see it go live to more than just a test group.  For those not familiar, Google Wallet could soon replace your wallet and all of your credit cards as a mobile payment system.  This is where it gets tricky though.  In its current state, Wallet only supports Citi MasterCards, something many of you do not have.  Great news though!  With today’s launch, Google has also announced that they are closer than ever to partnering with Visa, Discover and American Express:

We appreciate Citi and MasterCard for being our launch partners. And today, Visa, Discover and American Express have made available their NFC specifications that could enable their cards to be added to future versions of Google Wallet.

And of course, users who do not have a MasterCard can still use the built-in Google Card option to make payments.  Fun times ahead, now if only we could get some phones other than the Nexus S that have NFC on carriers other than Sprint.  Galaxy Nexus anyone?  


Via:  Google Mobile, Google Wallet

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    You can’t be posting pictures of Nexus phones….made my pants vibrate….

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  • Bill Jenkins

    Now all they need is a way for people to officially use their phones as a drivers license and library cards and any other store cards and then I won’t have to carry a wallet anymore.

  • Bullet Tooth Tony

    I guess I don’t understand Google’s strategy of releasing this when Citi MasterCard’s already have PayPass…. if the card didn’t have PayPass or Visa’s Blink, I can see giving it that functionality with your phone as the buffer… otherwise, why bother?

  • Anonymous

    I hope they come up with some system so that phones w/o NFC can also take advantage of this…. would like to use this on my LG Rev

  • Anonymous

    Been dreaming of this day, but as usual, Verizon is greedy and wants to take a piece of the action with their new bloatware payment app: Isis. Seriously, why would anyone allow VZW to take a transaction fee when Google Wallet is free? 

    The Prime can’t come soon enough and it will be a pleasant surprise if VZW allows it to come with NFC, but I would expect them to pack their bloatware onto any NFC capable phone… in the meantime, don’t expect any NFC capable devices.

    And for the tin-hat wearers, relax. A physical wallet is way easier to steal and Google will analyze your spending which will help you budget your money and help them target ads to you. Result, now you can afford a titanium-hat lined hat!

    • There’s no way a Nexus device won’t have NFC. Verizon has pull, but so does Google. And basically, Verizon can’t stop it, because as greedy as they like to be, they still need to be competitive. Since they are the only provider to not have an NFC phone, and the technology is growing very quickly, they need one to stay competitive. Since most big cities have good network coverage on any network, that is not enough for Verizon anymore.

      • Anonymous

        I do hope you’re right, but there are two problems with this: (i) you are making a vast over-statement of the level of competition. Combined, AT&T and Verizon control 80% of the mobile market, and between the two, VZW is the only network that can maintain a call connection for it’s full length without dropping it. (ii) A Nexus branded device is special because it’s almost completely under Google’s control (direct updates, latest hardware to show off the OS capabilities) and Verizon doesn’t feel they need to give up that kind of control because they have far more reliable network than anyone else, hence, this will be more like the original Droid than a Nexus device and it gives Verizon enough wiggle room to pull their usual crap.

        That said, I have my fingers crossed with an original Droid by my side.

  • Keith Sumner

    first “get make” and now “and and” 

    what’s with the typos today, guys? 🙂

  • What happended to the option of the sticker that you could get from google if you did not have an NFC chip in your phone?  Is that still in the works or was that just a rumor?

    • Just a rumor… maybe. No news right now. However, you can get one from Citi for any card that is compatible with Google Wallet. They are big and ugly, but I hacked mine and stuck it under the battery cover. Works like a charm in the two locations in my entire city that accept PayPass.

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  • Langley

    I assume you have to opt out from Google analyzing your buyung habits.

    • Anonymous

      I bet Google can run some mean anti-fraud algorithms though.

  • Pcraig87

    Google google Wallet Wallet

  • Nice! My primary card is a Citi Mastercard 🙂