Google Announces Major Push Into NFC Payments With Google Wallet

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Google today unveiled its new Google Wallet initiative, a push into near field communications (NFC) that will allows users to make electronic payments with NFC-compatible hardware through the Google Wallet mobile app for Android.
    Google Wallet will be able to store users' credit card, loyalty card, and gift card information electronically, making it easy to access the payment and discount methods at compatible points-of-sale. The app will also coordinate with Google Offers, a new program allowing merchants to offer discounts redeemable through NFC or barcode scanning.

    Initial support for Google Wallet NFC payments comes from MasterCard, which will accept payment at hundreds of thousands of existing PayPass terminals. Google is also rolling out its own virtual "Google Prepaid Card", which can be funded by any major credit card. Google Prepaid Card comes with an initial $10 sign-up bonus, and there will be no fees on transactions to top up the card until at least the end of 2011.

    Hardware support for Google Wallet will appear on the Nexus S 4G phone running on Sprint's network, but other compatible handsets will be added over time.

    Rumors have gone back and forth over whether Apple will be adding NFC capabilities to the next-generation iPhone, with the general feeling currently being that Apple will add NFC to future iPhone models, but not necessarily for the next generation expected to be introduced later this year.

    Article Link: Google Announces Major Push Into NFC Payments With Google Wallet
  2. macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2011
    Brilliant. Chip embedding under the skin is not far any more.
  3. macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Love it. Wallets, cash, credit cards, etc. are far past antiquated.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2005
    If I lost my phone, how quickly can I remotely disable this service? Also, most vendors still lack NFC capabilities and I would still need to keep plastic around if I wanted to pay with credit.

    I like the idea a lot, though.
  5. Guest


    May 13, 2010
    On Mars, thinking about my father...
    Sounds cool...but too Orwellian for me. Ill keep my wallet, thanks
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2003
    So. Cal.
    Pay attention here. This is where you'll get pinched. Can you say convenience fee? Expect to see bank fees, credit card fees and carrier fees attached to these NFC purchases in the future. Everyone is going to want a piece of that pie!
  7. macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Albuquerque, USA
    As long as its secure, I welcome the day when I don't have to carry a wallet around or print any documents (e.g. boarding passes). I keep my phone pin locked, so it would already be more secure than someone getting my wallet. Hopefully any fees attached wouldn't be too exorbitant.
  8. macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2004
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    Hurry Apple. Google will screw this up. And Visa and MC have sat idle for years while fraud has grown. They deserve to b toppled.
  9. macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2011
    Thanks G2, now I'm locked into two years of not having a wallet.
  10. macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    I think it is cool, but there are still some things that would keep me from using it all the time (Other than the fact that the retailers have to support it...)

    One is your phone battery. I charge it pretty much every night, but sometimes I forget to plug it in and it dies on the second day. If I only had a an e-wallet I wouldn't be able to put gas in my car.

    Add that to the fact that I still have to carry around my drivers license, business cards and a little cash I don't think my real wallet is going anywhere. Maybe just getting a little smaller.
  11. macrumors member

    May 6, 2010
    Potential problems?

    Don't really know how I feel about this. Yes, it will increase convenience, but it will also spawn a new kind of thief - one who puts an NFC receiver in his pocket, brushes up against your pocket with your cell phone in it, and steals your money without having to pickpocket you. A wireless robber.

    Also, if you lose your phone like I often do, does that mean that people who pick it up can use it as a limitless credit card? Sounds scary.
  12. macrumors regular

    May 12, 2011

    In before an iPhone user says it's stupid but then will get excited with apple's iTunes linked version!
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2008
    This is in relation to the Google Prepaid Card. It is no different than the Greendot card, Rush card, or whatever other stupid pre-paid credit cards are out there.

    It is not in relation to NFC, which has its fees covered by the merchant, not the customer. Again, no different than any other credit card.
  14. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
  15. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Don't worry the embedded chip will include the number 666 free of charge
  16. macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    This is great as long as we can do one thing.

    Can we transfer money between phones?
    That way we won't need cash really, if I can come round your home and you can sell me your old TV, and I can move $500 from my phone onto your phone then it's a winner.
  17. macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Yeh, right!

    I so can't wait to trust my money to the Mother of Perpetual Beta!
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2006
    You need to enter a pin to use it. Also, you would just call your credit card company and cancel it, or probably online you could deactivate it from your phone
  19. macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2008
    Probably the implementation will require you to open an APP. So, it can't be scanned nor can send details if the app is not running.
  20. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
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    Looking forward to see how this works out. Samsung and Orange in the UK are doing NFC payment trials right now I think.

    Could be handy carrying around "one less thing"! ;)
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2010
    Apparently Mr. Camping blames the delay of the rapture on the slow implementation of NFC.

    I think this NFC thing will not make waves in terms of getting people to buy phones and tablets. But it will slowly be embraced and appreciated over time.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2006
    Agreed. I especially like the point where they knew exactly where you are at all times. I would be ok if there was NFC from say a stand and your phone picked up on it, but then I would be walking around with my phone on all the time looking at that instead of where i was going. If it used location based stuff via cell towers like everything does today, I say i'll pass.

    As for the theft part, I think this would help curve it towards a positive (as in good) direction. Unlike the PayPass cards implemented now, it is not activated until POS or when you tell it to turn on. The ones right now embedded in your wallet are always on.
  23. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    Now Google can track and sell data related to whatever I am purchasing.

    Looks like Apple gets beaten to the market again in a market where the first major player is bound to set the standard.
  24. macrumors member


    May 26, 2010
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    They've mentioned at the event that the chip is disabled while the phone is locked and requires a payment to be activated by the user. The only time someone could use an NFC receiver to make transfers without you knowing is while you're using it, when you should be aware of who has a receiver near you.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2011
    Great so when my phone dies I'm completely screwed.

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