Google Wallet goes beyond MasterCard. It now supports all credit and debit cards – be it Visa, American Express, MasterCard or Discover. Well, sad to say that Google Wallet is presently only available on selected phones from Virgin Mobile and Sprint, and also on the recently released Google Nexus 7 tablet.
One thing is very sure that with NFC technology becoming more popular and standard feature Google Wallet will be more successful and more used widely and globally.
Until now Google Wallet was only used by adding a CitiBank MasterCard, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, a gift card from AEO, or The Container Store, or by adding a Google Prepaid Card.
Anyways, still this is similar to adding the said cards to the Google Wallet app directly. For other cards Google has decided of adding a linked feature to create a virtual MasterCard hiding credentials of users from merchants.
Google said in this regard, “When you add credit or debit cards to the Google Wallet mobile app, you will be issued a virtual MasterCard card by The Bancorp Bank, Google Wallet’s partnering bank.” By the virtual MasterCard here Google refer it to Google Wallet Virtual Card in the Terms of Service.
Presently the devices supporting Google Wallet are Samsung Galaxy SIII, HTC EVO 4G, LG Optimus, LG Viper, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 tablet.