WILL GOOGLE MAKE OBSOLETE THE TRAVEL WALLET?

As part of Hg2’s new series on Digital Travel, we wonder if Google’s newest product – Google Wallet – will change how travellers pay and carry money forever.

Google Wallet is an app that makes your phone your purse. The global search giant has released the first version of downloadable software that allows users to pay with their credit card using their phone.

The technology utilities near field communication (NFC) and is only being rolled out in the US on Sprint Nexus S 4G handsets for now. It is only compatible with Citi Mastercard and the Google Prepaid Card. Visa, American Express and Discover also have the NFC capabilities and look set to join in the near future.

Google are offering early adopters of their app a $10 free bonus to the Google Prepaid Card if you set it up in Google Wallet before the end of the year.

The app is Google’s pledge to open commerce and predict the end of the over-stuffed wallet.

Do you agree?

Will the mobile phone replace the traveller’s wallet?

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