Google Wallet Launches In The US

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.

Google Wallet

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.


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

Google Wallet

Source: Official Google Blog