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[Boston Herald] Android Feature To Let Users Pay For Items With Phone

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The feature is expected to allow Android users to pay for items with their mobile phones rather than credit cards, powered by near-field communications technology, which allows devices to transmit data from about four inches apart. The service will be available on Sprint, according to a Bloomberg report.
Le Soucre: http://www.bostonherald.com/business...&position=also

I am fairly confident I had read that this is being done in other countries, but still a nifty idea.
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No thanks, personally.
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I agree with Paris. Passing a CC over a "reader" is pushing it for me. Taking a picture of a check (for bank deposits) is over the line. This...just crosses over into "Don't even try" all together.
    
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I am always hesitant about new things, I remember when cell phones became popular. There was the concerns of brain damage or ear cancer. It seems a little far fetched now, but I was very pro hands-free for the longest time.

I could see this being a very mainstream thing like on a college campus etc.
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post #5 of 24
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I agree with Paris. Passing a CC over a "reader" is pushing it for me. Taking a picture of a check (for bank deposits) is over the line. This...just crosses over into "Don't even try" all together.
? I don't really see your point. It's no different than sliding your actual credit card, or depositing your check at an ATM. If anything it's probably MORE secure than handing your credit card to a cashier at a store. All the ATM does is scan the front and back of the check I hope you know...
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With the right kind of security surrounding it it sounds quite useful. My only concern would be phone thefts. But then again with the remote wiping functions we have with smartphones that wouldn't be to much of a problem I guess. I agree that it would be useful around campus, being a student myself, it's one less thing to do in a shop! =D

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post #7 of 24
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I agree with Paris. Passing a CC over a "reader" is pushing it for me. Taking a picture of a check (for bank deposits) is over the line. This...just crosses over into "Don't even try" all together.
Idk why some people are insecure, id love this idea. That why my next phone will have an NFC chip in it. People think it's not safe, but like others have mentioned. It prob safer then handing your cc to the cashier. Something as mobile banking. It's the way of the future imo
    
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? I don't really see your point. It's no different than sliding your actual credit card, or depositing your check at an ATM. If anything it's probably MORE secure than handing your credit card to a cashier at a store. All the ATM does is scan the front and back of the check I hope you know...
This.

All a credit card machine at a register does is read your number/name/exp.date. What's the difference if it's read from a piece of plastic or a mobile phone?
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Japanese have been using their phones as CCs for awhile now, safety in this case is a non-issue
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post #10 of 24
The only problem is when you don't have battery =P you'll end up having a CC around always.

Anyways, I'm up for this.
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