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Google Wallet goes live, opens to other credit cards

updated 04:45 pm EDT, Mon September 19, 2011

Google Wallet now live with more cards, one phone

As hinted earlier, Google Wallet on Monday went active for real users. The service in starting off will still work on just Citi MasterCards and the virtual Google Prepaid Card, but is now opening to rival cards. American Express, Discover, and Visa are all making their NFC specs available to let banks add the cards to the mobile payment system.

Just one phone remains available, however. While any store with MasterCard's PayPass will be an option, initial users will have to have a Nexus S 4G on Sprint. Owners will need both Android 2.3.4 and an over-the-air update to start using Wallet.

More phones will come in the future, Google said. The company has been willing to put Wallet on the iPhone if it gets NFC support. Certain BlackBerry phones, such as the Bold 9900 and Curve 9360, also have NFC built-in and could theoretically adapt to Wallet.

The new tap-to-pay service is an attempt by Google to get out in front of mobile payments in the US and promote its own open system before rivals like the AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon-backed Isis arrives in 2012. Its very existence is controversial after PayPal accused it of stealing ideas by poaching key staffers and allegedly getting trade secrets.





By Electronista Staff
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  1. Geoduck

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +3

    What's that?

    Trust all my credit card information to Google's fishing net cloud? Oh He!! No.

    Paying with your phone is a fine idea but it'll have to come from somebody I trust.

  1. Hash

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Apr 2001

    -2

    Google thieves want your credit card

    Google not only steals your private mail, browser, desktop search information through Gmail, not only your social information through G+, not only your home location through Gmaps, now it wants to steal your financial information through GWallet and that all to sell your privacy to advertisers.

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