Today, Google removed the $10 promotional credit that came with every new Google Wallet activation. I didn’t want that credit to go to waste, so I decided to go out perform my first NFC payment. I must say, it felt pretty cool.
The first thing I did was head to the Google Wallet website to see which business in my area accepted NFC payments. Unsurprisingly, there weren’t a lot of choices to pick from. The majority of compatible businesses were clothing stores such as New York & Company, American Eagle Outfitters and Lady Footlocker. I was in the mood for some food, so I (somewhat reluctantly) decided to go Burger King.
Since I don’t have a phone with a NFC chip, I had to use my Nexus 7. I also felt somewhat silly for pulling out a tablet at a cash register, but it’s not like I had a choice in the matter. Anyway, when the total came up on the terminal, I held the Nexus 7 in front on it, and the payment went through quickly. The lady at the register said she had never seen anything like that before. That moment settled my fears of NFC payments not working properly.
I must say there’s something about mobile payments that makes me want to do this again. Maybe it’s the high I get from watching the eyes of people around me light up, or maybe it’s the excitement of trying something new. Whatever the reason, I’m convinced more than ever that this is where we’re going. It’s still a bit fragmented and restricted with Google, Apple and carriers all doing their own thing, but one day we’ll wonder how we ever got along without this technology.