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Google Wallet gets more credit cards

Associated Press / September 20, 2011

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NEW YORK - Google’s Wallet is getting thicker, with the addition of Visa, American Express, and Discover to the search company’s payment system, which aims to make cellphones the credit cards of tomorrow.

MasterCard, the other major payment processor, is already part of the project. And Google released the Wallet application yesterday for one Sprint smartphone for users with MasterCards.

People with that phone will be able to load a Citibank MasterCard into the Wallet application on the phone and pay by tapping the phone to wireless-capable payment terminals in stores instead of swiping a credit card.

Visa, American Express, and Discover cards are set to appear later.

Visa plans to bring out its own, competing wallet application, too.