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Google Wallet Goes Live

Search engine giant Google has launched its Google Wallet mobile payment service for the customers of US wireless carrier Sprint.

The company informed that it was teaming up with financial services providers Discover, Visa and American Express in order to offer the service, which allows users to make payments using their smarphones, to a wide range of customers.

Google Wallet, which also counts Master Card and Citi Group as its partners, uses Near Fields Communications technology to allow users to make payments and retail stores and eating joints using their smartphones.

The service is also available to select few customers on Sprint’s network using the Nexus S 4G device and will let customers to make their payments through their Citi Master Card credit cards. The company said that support for Visa, Discover and American Express credit cards will follow soon.

“Our goal is to make it possible for you to add all of your payment cards to Google Wallet, so you can say goodbye to even the biggest traditional wallets,” Osama Bedier, Vice President of Payments at Google wrote in a blog post (opens in new tab).

“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,” he added.

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.