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George Costanza becomes the first Google Wallet customer

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George Costanza becomes the first Google Wallet customer
Just the other day, we reported that MasterCard had demonstrated Google Wallet. Google's NFC enabled mobile payment technology allows you to replace that fat unsightly wallet in your back pocket with an Android phone. The demonstration showed how a Citi MasterCard tied to the service on a Sprint Nexus S 4G, is billed in the blink of a eye by swiping the phone through the PayPass station.

In selecting a well known character to help promote the service, Google could not have come up with a better one than Seinfeld's George Costanza. You might remember the episode where Jerry is convinced to use a European-style purse instead of a wallet, and suggests that George do the same to stop his back pain which Jerry is convinced comes from George's propensity to carry a fat, over-stuffed wallet in his back pocket. Goerge won't switch and you can see some of the hilarity that ensues in this spot from Google.

source: YouTube via AndroidCentral

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posted on 17 Sep 2011, 01:06 5

1. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

I prefer that system on an android phone rather an apple iphone because I fear of what could be done by apple about tracking what we buy and how we spend our money

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 08:55 1

5. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

SO you are saying you rather have it on devices that get viruses and get hacked than to have it on a safe OS because they are going to see the $5 in your bank account?

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 09:25 4

6. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)

I would much rather use this on a BlackBerry with the security that they are known for. With the new phones they just launched I think it would be the safest platform to use this type of payment system on.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 11:19 6

10. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

Is there any record of Android devices being hacked? Not as far as I know, and I work in the industry. There is, however, multipule records of iPhone users being tracked via their iPhone by Apple, with no request or need to be tracked. Ill take my risk with a device that can get "viruses and get hacked", knowing that i can prevent both of those.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 15:10 1

13. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

The iPhone may be safer....not flat out safe. The iPhone, iOS is vulnerable too..

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 10:44

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

You don't even seem to know how android works to pull that statement.....

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 02:30

2. Hi (unregistered)

They can just buy the info from google. Google will sell out to them.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 02:31 1

3. Hi (unregistered)

* sell it to them I meant.

Please don't kill me.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 08:19 3

4. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

cant wait to get started with this...i know its already been done in a way since its just using your phone and not your actual card but i really wanna use this once in a while..... along with the deals and things you can do with this like saving online coupons and such on you phone without having to print them and just tap your phone and boom you have 25%...nice....not saying i will leave my wallet at home but at least leave it in the car

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 10:16

7. urthatguy (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Jun 2011)

I agree, upgrading to a nexus S 4g and google wallet is one of the reasons why. My lg optimus s is the glitchiest and buggiest phone I have ever had. Look forward to ditching it. I will give to my 3 year old as an angry birds machine.

Hmmm, wonder what my wife will get.....

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 11:05 1

8. matistight (Posts: 568; Member since: 13 May 2009)

dude! youre on phonearena! look at reviews! the optimus line is NOTHING even close to say the galaxy S line!

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 11:15

9. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

don't forget the cool factor for the first few months of taping your phone and paying for stuff...but yea i wont buy a phone that doesn't have NFS because of this new/old tech

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 11:29 1

11. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

Actually, WP7 would be the more secure and efficient platform to use it on.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 12:00 1

12. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

I have the Nexus S the AT & Pee version. I look forward to this. Go Google!

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 19:07 1

14. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

anyone ever buy anything online or have a paypal account..? yeah.... I'm sure those seemed hella risky at first but now it's just the norm. i'm guessing ccds will be nonexistant in the future.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 20:01 1

15. Danno (unregistered)

People said swiping would be non-existent when pay pass was launched too.

Didn't happen. This will just be another payment solution, won't replace anything.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 20:53

16. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

I do like having another choice to pay

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 11:04

17. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

clever ad.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 10:56

20. darth8ball (Posts: 520; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)

the state of Utah has a test program running for it Transportation services (Subways, Trains, Buses) as I understand it. Also Starbucks has an app where you can charge up a certain amount in an account or link to a card and use at locations with the scanner setup.(App shows locations) but that works like a QRcode app. not a pass n pay system. I am all for this if you think that one OS is safe though, think again, if hackers can get into banking systems, government sites, etc... how safe is your phone really.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 02:40

21. Kletinswiss (unregistered)


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