Google Wallet launches on Sprint

Google Wallet has been a long time in the works, but it looks like it's finally trickling out to the public with Google announcing today on their company blog that the application for Android is now available to Sprint customers.

The search giant is launching their first foray into the NFC (Near field communication) payment race with Google Wallet. The technology is an application that supports the NFC chip embedded in some smartphones. This allows users to "tap to pay" for items and services at stores.

Right now, Google Wallet allows you to tap and go with your Citi Mastercard, and is working on support for Visa, Discover and American Express, all of which made their NFC specifications available today. According to the company, if you're an early adopter you'll receive a $10 free bonus if you purchase a "Google Prepaid Card" before the end of the year.

The application is currently only available to Sprint Nexus S 4G phones through an OTA (Over the air) update. The company says to "just look for the Wallet app" and get started right away. It's not clear when Google will be adding the multi-platform support that they've talked about previously, but at least this is a step towards a future where losing your phone means you'll lose your wallet too.

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PotatoJ said,
I trust them more than the U.S. government. Or any credit card company for that matter.

You need a credit card in order to use Google Wallet so you confuse me...

They also just announced visa debit and credit support so between visa and MC the majority of people can be onboard.

Meconio said,
what if you phone gets stolen? can anyone use your phone to pay for stuff?

Same as if your wallet gets stolen. They can use Tap to pay built into most credit cards anyway.
At least this way, log in to your google account and block all your 'cards' at once, instead of having to contact potentially several different banks.

Meconio said,
what if you phone gets stolen? can anyone use your phone to pay for stuff?

There is a lock feature. So to access the wallet app you need a pin number and then it will time out after you leave it a certain amount of time and require the pin number to unlock again.

kiwi89 said,

There is a lock feature. So to access the wallet app you need a pin number and then it will time out after you leave it a certain amount of time and require the pin number to unlock again.

Yeah I guess that as with a wallet you have the same cons but the device has more pros; and being mugged (and asked for your pin number) and running out of battery would be the worst scenario I think.

The cashiers around here look at you like you're crazy if you wave an RFID credit card by the scanner. Imagine what they'd think when they see you waving your phone by the scanner.

I would love to have this feature.... But the worst part is alot of retailers here in AUS STILL dont want to upgrade to this system or they still require the CC it self...

Maybe in the future this will work wonders

kizzaaa said,
Great concept...

But is this really going to add value to my day-to-day? Probably not.

Well, they already have this in Germany and Japan (for a while now actually). Ask them

So if my phone replaces my wallet, and my battery dies on my phone, what do I do? This will never be a replacement, just a gimmick..

Dale said,
So if my phone replaces my wallet, and my battery dies on my phone, what do I do? This will never be a replacement, just a gimmick..

What person doesn't charge their phone for the day? A lot of people depend on it for work... so no, not at all.

Tekkerson said,

What person doesn't charge their phone for the day? A lot of people depend on it for work... so no, not at all.

sometimes, I just forgot, plus, with heavy use, sometimes my phone will die before the bars let out at 2 AM, to pay for a cab ride with a dead phone isn't the smartest thing ever.. The point is, your depending on a device that has a battery that has mostly less than 48 hours battery life.

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