Online and mobile payment services like Google Wallet and Apple Passbook are innovating the payments space with features like tap-to-pay and loyalty programs. Google is adding another dimension to its mobile payment system, which might at first look like a step back, but is actually an innovative way to manage your mobile wallet.
Google is aware that not all establishments accept tap-to-pay, and that NFC is not always necessarily the most convenient means to pay. As such, Google is introducing a physical card for accessing your Google Wallet account. A Google Wallet user tipped Android Police that he was able to sign up for a Google Wallet Card. Here are some interesting points:
Google Wallet users can order the card through the Wallet app and have it delivered straight to one’s home address, as the tipster has shared.
But what’s even more interesting is that the Google Wallet Card will also give users the ability to deposit funds into one’s account or withdraw using an ATM machine. The service will also offer person-to-person money transfers, which could pose a serious challenge to online payment systems like PayPal.
Another thing, because Google Wallet Card will not necessarily require NFC, this means users will no longer require carrier approval before their handsets can support NFC payments. As such, Google Wallet Card may also work with multiple platforms and not just Android. This might likewise pose a serious challenge to the ISIS payment system that carriers are developing among themselves.
With a physical card, Google is set to dominate in both online and offline payments. Let’s see what competitors will come up with to challenge this latest development.
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I would actually like to have Google Wallet as an alternative to say Pay Pal Debit Card, where I could load it up use my NFC enabled phone to pay where applicable (in my market that means little to nowhere) but when I do travel and NFC kiosks are there I can wave and go, or physical card and go.
So come on Google get moving.