Something for nothing: $10 from Google Wallet just for trying it out

Something for nothing: $10 from Google Wallet just for trying it out
Google, Sprint, and Samsung are hitting the road over the next few months to give consumers a chance to try out Google Wallet at merchants in their area. Consumers will receive $10 toward their purchase if they “tap and pay” with one of the Samsung Nexus S demo phones during the event.

The demonstrations will occur at select stores in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Some of the destinations on the schedule include Jamba Juice, Duane Reade, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Walgreens, and Foot Locker.

As we previously reported, Google Wallet recently made headway with its NFC payment service by signing deals with several major credit cards, however, it is still restricted by its availability on only one handset, the Nexus S. As NFC becomes more popular, we may begin to see a wider array of devices available with support for Google Wallet.

In the mean time, it looks as though Google is attempting to educate consumers about NFC payments through these showcases. Google stated in its blog, “We’re excited to give you a chance to try out Google Wallet and experience paying with a mobile phone.

If you are in one of these cities and are interested in trying out Google Wallet first hand, or are just looking to get something for nothing, head on over to Google’s calendar of events for a complete listing of dates, times, and locations.

View calendar of events [Google Calendar link]

source: Google Commerce via Gizmodo

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12 Comments

1. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

First. So why would I use my phone to pay when it's easier to just whip out cash or my card to pay? I seriously do not see the added benefit of Google Wallet. P.S. inb4 my comments are thumbed down

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

depends on how you look a things, if in a near future the only thing you need to carry to make purchases is a phone this sure is a plus, you dont need to carry your wallet anymore

3. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

look at japan, they have been using nfc for years. i would much rather tap and go than have to pull out my card. nfc will take off once the public realizes what it is and how to use it.

5. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Um, explain to me what's easier about taking out cash and having to deal with getting change OR handing your card to the cashier to swipe rather than just moving your phone across a pad? Not only that, I know almost every time i'm waiting in line anywhere i'm reading the news or something on my phone.

11. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Get over yourselves. It's called an opinion and in mine, I don't see the practical use with Google Wallet.

4. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Didn't Japan have a system where even for a vending machine, you sent a text to a specific number and then the machine dispensed the item? Then you don't need nfc - just a phone that can send a text, which is pretty much all of them.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

We have that here on some places, is really cool but they think NFC will be much better in the long term

6. thenoodge

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

NFC is great i use my phone to pay for everything i can which at the moment is not many places mainly 7-11 and wawa and a few places

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Nfc is the future, and its looking bright

10. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah, one of the biggest things i'm looking forward to in phones... I absolutely HATE carrying a wallet more than anything. I actually memorized my license number (i'm originally from Rhode Island so it's only 7 digits) so all I have to carry is cash wrapped around a credit card unless i'm going to a bar where they don't know me. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS

12. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

this is the future

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