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Google Bails on Plans for Google Wallet Card

by Todd Haselton | May 10, 2013May 10, 2013 11:30 am PDT


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Late last year several reports suggested that Google was well on its way to creating a Google Wallet card. The idea was that it would serve as a sort of all-encompassing card that could be used where NFC-based Google Wallet mobile payments weren’t accepted. AllThingsD said that Google, strategically, wanted shoppers to use the card so that it could track spending habits, too.

Google was apparently going to announce the new Google Wallet Card during its developer I/O 2013 conference next week, but those plans have been cancelled, AllThingsD learned, because of glitches during a test run in front of Google CEO Larry Page. Google will still introduce new features to its Google Wallet software, however.

Wallet has had a slow adoption uptake because AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are all working on a separate joint mobile payment plan called ISIS that’s currently being tested in two markets. Hopefully Google has plans to broaden the technology in the future, although it still has a number of barriers to surpass.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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