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Google Wallet adds more plastic

By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Posted: 1 pm ET

Now you can fit more credit cards in your virtual wallet.

Visa, Discover and American Express jumped on the Google Wallet bandwagon, the search engine giant said Monday.

The app transforms a cell phone into a payment method, enabling consumers to leave their plastic at home and tap their phones to complete purchases at payment terminals that use near-field communication.

MasterCard, Citi, First Data and Sprint have been on board since the beginning, when Google announced the venture in May.

And after a summer of testing the app in the Big Apple and the Golden Gate City, the first version is now available to Sprint Nexus S4G phone users, Google also said Monday. Just look for the "Wallet" app.

Right now, users of the app will be able to pay with their Citi MasterCard or the Google Prepaid Card that can be funded by other credit cards. Visa, American Express and Discover cards will be added to future versions down the road. Early adopters will be rewarded with an extra $10 to the Google Prepaid Card if they sign up before year-end.

"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," wrote Osama Bedier, the company's vice president of payments, on the Google blog.

Bedier also noted that the company is working to bring the Google Wallet to other phones in the future.

Are you ready for a virtual wallet?

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1 Comment
Xavier
October 05, 2011 at 11:32 pm

That is just really cool! Go Google!