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Tap to pay with Citi MasterCard or the Google Prepaid Card.
The NFC mobile payments service is still undergoing field testing, but will be available soon

Google announced its new near-field communications (NFC) mobile payment system, "Google Wallet," this afternoon in New York. 

NFC technology is a short-range wireless technology that allows mobile users to pay for everyday purchases at a register using their cell phones. This new technology, which eliminates the need for cash or credit cards, works by tapping the mobile device at a register. An NFC-enabled mobile device has a NFC chip that contains the users financial account information, and when the user taps the device, the chip interacts with the register and allows for payment.

Back in March of this year, Google decided to hop on the NFC mobile payment bandwagon as well. It announced that it was testing a mobile payment service in San Francisco and New York stores using special cash register systems designed by VeriFone Systems Inc. Google estimated that its mobile payments service would take about four months to complete.  

But only a little over two months later, Google has announced its NFC mobile payments service, "Google Wallet," and gave a demonstration of the new app today. 

Google has partnered with Sprint, Citi, MasterCard and First Data to introduce its new mobile wallet. The system will support Citi MasterCard and a Google Prepaid Card at first, which can be funded by most payment cards, and from there on out, users can use their mobile device to pay for purchases wherever MasterCard PayPass is accepted. 

Google Wallet allows users to store credit cards, loyalty cards, gift cards and offers. When the device is used to make a purchase, the app automatically redeems offers and earns loyalty points for the user. Google Wallet will also sync a user’s Google Offers, which can be redeemed at participating SingleTap merchants via NFC or by presenting a barcode at checkout. 

"Google Wallet is a key part of our ongoing effort to improve shopping for both businesses and consumers," said The Official Google Blog. "It's aimed at making it easier for you to pay for and save on the goods you want, while giving merchants more ways to offer coupons and loyalty programs to customers, as well as bridging the gap between online and offline commerce."

Google Wallet will initially be compatible only with Sprint's Nexus S 4G by Google. But Google plans to apply compatibility to other phones in the future. 

Google Wallet is still undergoing field testing at the moment, but will be released soon, according to The Official Google Blog.

Many tech companies have incorporated NFC technology into their mobile devices, and are now negotiating deals with credit card companies to allow users to utilize the new technology to its maximum potential. For instance, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA joined forces with Discover Financial Services' national payment network to form Isis. Isis is also looking to embrace other credit card giants like Visa and MasterCard



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RE: Not excited
By Fritzr on 5/26/2011 9:54:34 PM , Rating: 1
Lets hope that it is more secure than GMail and other secure Google products.

I wonder if they will force this new Google Wallet to share the Google account password currently shared by Googles other highly secure cloud services :)

This practice is one of the reasons I use Yahoo! Mail and avoid everything else Yahoo! offers except messenger. Same with Google. If I find a service at Google I really want, then I will avoid anything else Google forces me to share the password with.

Very bad security practice forcing users to use a single shared password across every service they offer.


RE: Not excited
By quiksilvr on 5/26/2011 11:25:10 PM , Rating: 2
Actually that makes it easier for the end user. Furthermore, since all these services rely on the same security measures and servers provided by Google, it makes sense to integrate that all of that together. In the end, it's all essentially GMail.

And since when was GMail not secure?


RE: Not excited
By nafhan on 5/27/2011 4:44:11 AM , Rating: 2
Gmail (or rather Google accounts login) can be configured to work with two factor authentication (password + token). Right off the bat that makes it more secure than other web mail providers I know of. Once two factor authentication is enabled, you authorize other Google services using random one time passwords or the two factor authentication.

Don't complain about Google's weak security if you're choosing not to make use of the more secure methods they offer for free.


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