Feature Article

May 31, 2011

Sprint, Google Team to Launch Google Wallet

Sprint has announced a partnership with Google to launch Google Wallet, an application using near field communication technology (NFC) to make phone a wallet.

The company is joining Google in offering this “cutting-edge” capability that lets users \leave the house with just the phone, and then tap and pay to shop, dine out or go to the movies, said Fared Adib, senior vice president of Product at Sprint. He said that Nexus S 4G will be the first smartphone with Google Wallet.

Sprint will become the first carrier offering Google Wallet when it’s available this summer. Company officials said that eligible Sprint customers will be able to tap, pay and save money and time while they shop.

Initially, Google Wallet is expected to work with MasterCardPayPass network that is accepted, nationally, at 124,000 merchants. Company officials said that existing holders of MasterCard can add their cards to Google Wallet over the air. Additionally, Google is also expected to support a pre-paid card that can be funded to make payments.

In addition to quick payments, users will be able to redeem offers and even scan loyalty cards -- all with a single tap -- with participating retailers, said company officials.

In April, Sprint launched the Nexus S 4G and launched Google Voice integrated with Sprint for Sprint CDMA phones.

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users.

Recently, the company and the Sprint Emergency Response Team (ERT) ensured customers of their dedicated preparedness for the 12 to 18 tropical storm systems the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently projected for the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane season.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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