Google Wallet Goes Live on Sprint Nexus S 4G
Finally! Google has released its own Google Wallet mobile payment system on Sprint Nexus S 4G smartphones.
Google Wallet, a payment system which allows users to swipe their phones to pay for products, officially went active last Monday. The service initially works for Citi MasterCards and the virtual Google Prepaid Card only, but will now be open to rival cards. Other credit cards, such as American Express, Discover, and Visa, are also releasing their NFC features in order to let banks add them to the new mobile payment system.
However, although any store with MasterCard’s PayPass will be a good choice, Google Wallet will only be available on its first smartphone – the Samsung Nexus S – which is offered on Sprint Nextel. Users would need to have the said handset along with Android 2.3.4 and over-the-air update in order to access the Wallet.
According to Google, they are planning to release more phones in the future. The search engine has been open in bringing the payment service into the iPhone once they got a NFC support. Few BlackBerry smartphones, such as the Bold 9900 and Curve 9360, have a built-in NFC, which means that both phones could adapt to Google Wallet.
The company as well pointed out that the launching of Wallet is just a way to promote its new mobile payment system before their rivals (AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon-backed Isis) release their own in 2012.View Article Source »