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Google Wallet is here!

Introducing Google Wallet

Google Wallet is an Android app that makes your phone your wallet. It stores virtual versions of your existing plastic cards on your phone. Simply tap your phone to pay and redeem offers using near field communication, or NFC.

Payments, offers, loyalty, and so much more

Google Wallet has been designed for an open commerce ecosystem. It will eventually hold many if not all of the cards you keep in your leather wallet today. And because Google Wallet is a mobile app, it will be able to do more than a regular wallet ever could, like storing thousands of payment cards and Google Offers but without the bulk. Eventually your loyalty cards, gift cards, receipts, boarding passes, tickets, even your keys will be seamlessly synced to your Google Wallet. And every offer and loyalty point will be redeemed automatically with a single tap via NFC.

The future of commerce starts today

Google Wallet is coming soon. When it launches, you’ll be able to use Citi® MasterCard® cards and the Google Prepaid Card with Google Wallet. You’ll be able to tap to pay at hundreds of thousands of merchants.

At launch, Google Wallet will be compatible with Nexus S 4G by Google, available on Sprint. Over time, we plan on expanding support to more phones.

This is just the beginning, but we believe that, in time, your phone with Google Wallet will be the one thing that holds everything you need to carry.



AmEx: NFC Connection Possible with New Mobile Checkout Service

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American Express today announced plans to create a global mobile-payment checkout service, working with startup company Payfone to enable consumers to pay with just their mobile phone numbers–though not yet with NFC.

AmEx, which also announced it is the leading investor in a $19 million funding round for U.S.-based Payfone, said it would combine the startup’s payment authorization and processing service with its own recently announced Serve digital-payment offer.

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Google Joins NFC Forum; Intel, CSR Upgrade Membership

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In another sign that Google is serious about NFC, the Internet search giant has joined the NFC Forum standards and trade group as a voting member, the forum announced today.

The forum also announced that chip makers Intel and CSR raised their membership level a notch from associate to principal, the same level as Google. And the forum said other new members had joined, at lower levels.

NFC Forum chairman Koichi Tagawa said the new and upgraded memberships spotlight three trends in the NFC industry–the importance of smartphones to the rollout of NFC, the interest by suppliers of integrated wireless chips in NFC and the growing appeal of applications that use NFC’s reader and peer-to-peer modes, not just card emulation for payment and ticketing.

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Google Sets Role in Mobile Payment

Google Inc. is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter, according to people familiar with the matter.

ReutersThe Nexus S Android, which Google developed with Samsung, could make mobile payments.



The Internet giant is aiming to make mobile payments easier in a bid to boost its advertising business. The planned payment system would allow Google to offer retailers more data about their customers and help them target ads and discount offers to mobile-device users near their stores, these people said. Google isn’t expected to get a cut of the transaction fees.

The project, which is in its early stages, would allow holders of Citigroup-issued debit and credit cards to pay for purchases by activating a mobile-payment application developed for one current model and many coming models of Android phones. The idea is to turn the phones into a kind of electronic wallet.

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Orange launches NFC payments trial in Poland

The mobile phone operator starts delivering on its promise to roll out NFC throughout Europe during 2011, saying opportunities are “virtually limitless”.

Orange Poland NFC trialPOLAND: 2,000 customers will be able to make payments with NFC

Mobile phone operator Orange is launching a near field communication (NFC) payment service trial in Poland, as it starts to make good on its promise to roll out the technology throughout Europe this year.

In partnership with Polish bank Bank Zachodni WBK and MasterCard, Orange is providing some 2,000 of its customers with the ability to make PIN-free payments of up to PLN50 (US$17.50 approx) using MasterCard’s PayPass system.

Digital security firm Gemalto has been chosen to fulfil the role of trusted service manager for the trial, enabling the NFC payments application to be downloaded over-the-air to compatible handsets so that customers can activate the service without visiting a bank branch or Orange shop.

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Google Gears Up for NFC M-Commerce; Wallet War Ahead?

As Google’s outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt put it at last month’s Mobile World Congress, NFC combined with smartphones represents a “mega-scale opportunity” and promises to “revolutionize” electronic commerce and payments.

Google has been gearing up to take advantage of that opportunity. I’m told it has been contacting a number of large U.S. merchants, including Wal-Mart, to get buy-in for its plan to push location-based mobile marketing and advertising to consumers, who could then tap their Android NFC phones using a Google-developed mobile wallet.

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Verifone to include NFC in all new POS terminals

“The retail point of sale represents a point of convergence for smartphone-initiated payments, social networking and electronic couponing, but it won’t happen if retailers are expected, on faith, to absorb the costs of making it work,” says CEO Douglas G Bergeron.

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