Earlier this year, Google announced ambitious plans for something called Google Wallet, which would help people pay for goods and services in the real world using their Android smartphone and NFC technology. The goal: to replace real wallets (and bank cards too for that matter). Now Google Wallet is launching, albeit in a strictly limited fashion on one mobile operator (Sprint in the US) and one handset (the Nexus S 4G). MasterCard is on board as a partner, so people paying with their phones can charge it to their credit card – although the Google Wallet app also works with Google’s own Prepaid Card, which can be topped up using any existing credit card. “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,” blogs Google’s VP of payments Osama Bedier. No music angle particularly, but an important service to be aware of. Source: Google

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