Visa to equip Android smartphones with payment tech

by: Darcy LaCouveeSeptember 26, 2008

Credit card company Visa has said that it plans to support mobile payments and other related services on future Android OS based smartphones. While the T-Mobile G1 lacks the NFC technology required to support mobile payments, it is more than capable of working with some of the other services that Visa plans on offering, such as credit card activity notices.

The application, which will be available initially to JPMorgan Chase customers only, will be tied into Android’s Google Maps application and will let users locate local cash machines and find nearby stores where special offers are available.

If we get lucky, perhaps the next Android device (from Sprint?) will have the needed hardware to fully support mobile payments, which have been dead common in Japan for so long.