Google Wallet now works with select vending machines in NYC, SF, Chicago, and D.C.

Google Wallet now works with select vending machines in NYC, SF, Chicago, and D.C.

Although it’s still (at least officially) limited to the Sprint’s Nexus S 4G users only, Google keeps expanding its Google Wallet service. The latest move comes from Cantaloupe Systems (technology provider for vending machines) and First Data (payment processing company which is a Google Wallet partner), which have integrated Google’s contactless payment service into 6,000 of its 80,000 vending machines across New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and D.C. metropolitan areas. Of course, that’s just a start, with additional vending machines to get the capability in the near future.

At the same time, we’re hoping the “regular” Nexus S will also get the official Google Wallet support (the unofficial one isn’t adopted by the majority of users), further making contactless payments accessible to the general public. Then when the Galaxy Nexus launches we may quickly reach the tipping point with more companies joining the trend. We’ll see…

[Via: theverge]

  • It’s starting.  The spread of mobile payments has begun.  While it may be a bit limited in reach for now, we are likely to see explosive growth once more handsets get NFC capability.  It will be similar to the growth of mobile commerce.

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