Google has confirmed the US launch of its much-rumoured “Wallet”, which will allow US users to buy goods and services using digital money.
The technology giant has made no comments yet on a European launch, although the likes of Orange and O2 are already preparing for the service, which allows customers to buy anything from coffee to fastfood using their phones.
The service is expected to have a major impact on travel patterns, removing the need to use foreign currency to pay for goods.
In a blog, Google said that the Wallet is “aimed at making it easier for you to pay for and save on the goods you want, while giving merchants more ways to offer coupons and loyalty programs to customers, as well as bridging the gap between online and offline commerce.”
The mobile app means a single phone can store a number of cards, keep track of a user’s spending and be sent offers.
Initially, the Wallet will only support a Citi Mastercard and a Google prepaid card. It will work wherever the contactless Mastercard ‘PayPass’ is installed.
A number of retails will be integrating their offers and loyalty programmes with the new technology.
The first phone to work with Wallet will be the Nexus S 4G, but others are expected to join the move towards “digital money”.
Rob von Behren and Jonathan Wall, the Founding Engineers on Google Wallet wrote: “This is just the start of what has already been a great adventure towards the future of mobile shopping,”
Also in the United States today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to the Big Apple.
NYC.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.
City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.