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Google Wallet

Released July, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Easy to use. Quick pay option. Integrated across the whole Google platform (Google Play etc).

The Cons:Limited vendors. Slow adoption. Security risk when rooted.

Google Wallet is an NFC-based mobile payment service provided by Google and is designed to offer a quick easy payment method through a mobile phone application. Designed initially for use with the Nexus S 4G (due to the phone's built-in NFC chip and Google's partnership with Sprint) Google Wallet has received backing from retail and financial partners, who will offer rewards for use at their locations, and by partnering with MasterCard specifically, the app will function at locations where the PayPass contactless payment system is already in place.

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Ultimately, plans are to expand to other phones utilizing either their built-in NFC hardware, or via an optional NFC sticker. The "Wallet" must be filled using either a Citi MasterCard of a Google Prepaid card.


  • Can be funded through any card via Google Prepaid
  • Exclusive deals available to users
  • Easy 'tap' payment method
  • Wide infrastructure already in place through PayPass
  • Google Wallet PIN
  • Secure underlying technology
  • Separate lock screen on Android phones
  • Supports gift cards from select merchants

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    Easy to use

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    Quick pay option

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    Integrated across the whole Google platform (Google Play etc)

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    Limited vendors

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    Slow adoption

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    Security risk when rooted

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    Limited on devices which can use it

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