Google has launched its mobile payment service, Google Wallet, which aims to turn your mobile phone into a virtual wallet.
Announced back in May, the service has been in beta testing in New York and San Francisco since then among 1,000 Google employees. The service has now finally gone live to the general public, albeit in a limited area, to a specific networks and specific bank account holders.
Armed with the NFC-enabled Nexus S phone, on the Sprint network in the US, loaded with the Google Wallet app, and a Citi MasterCard credit card or Google Prepaid Card then you’re all set to use the system. Missing any of these parts of the jigsaw and you’ll just have to wait for the service to become more ubiquitous.
Of course,e ven if you have all the pieces in place, you’ll still have to find retailers who will believe you when you say: “Of course I can pay for my milk and eggs with my phone you fool.”
Currently retailers like Bloomingdales department store, McDonald's, 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Foot Locker, BP and most cabs in New York have readers with Google working with other partners at the moment but mainly in New York and San Fran initially.
If you are feeling left out in the UK, then you can still sign up for the Google prepaid card with retailers such as Tesco, Boots and Burger King accepting them.
While the official Google Wallet promotional video (above) is all well and good at telling us how it works, to really get the message across we much prefer the one featuring George Costanza from Seinfeld (below).
“This is still just the beginning, and while we’re excited about this first step, we look forward to bringing Google Wallet to more phones in the future,” said
Source: Official Google Blog