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
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.”
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.
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 Osama Bedier, VP of payments at
We certainly welcome anything
which will remove the number of items we have to carry in our pockets but as it
will take some time before this system become widespread enough for us to chuck
our wallets in the fire, for now you might want to consider the Callet(below) instead.
Source: Official Google Blog