Pay by Swiping your Android Phone, Coming Soon

August 3, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

Have you ever used a Mastercard PayPass or Visa payWave?  I have not yet gotten the opportunity to use this awesome technology.  It allows you to pass your card over a small receptor, it is as though you swiped it through a card reader.  It looks really cool, almost like magic, but really there is not much actual benefit to this.  You still take out your wallet and make a swiping gesture.  Frankly, I don’t understand the appeal from a practical perspective.  It looks really cool though.

Looking cool like this is coming soon to future Android phones.  AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Discover (the credit card company) are working together to create a similar system by way of smartphones. I think this is very cool.

Not particularly practical or secure, sure, but pretty cool.  I want to be able to swipe my phone over my lock (car, home, or business) and have it unlock.  The future is coming.