Google Wallet is a mobile payment system developed by Google that allows its users to store credit cards, loyalty cards, and gift cards among other things, as well as redeeming sales promotions on their mobile phone. Google Wallet uses near field communication to "make secure payments fast and convenient by simply tapping the phone on any PayPass-enabled terminal at checkout."
Seeing as though I'm a technology enthusiast, I decided it was time to give this a test run. Once I installed and set up the application on my phone, I discovered something beautiful in the confirmation email they sent me:
As a thanks for your early interest, we’ll give you $10 on the Google Prepaid Card if you activate it in Google Wallet by the end of the year.
Not only am I a technology enthusiast, but I'm also an enthusiast of sitting on my ass, drinking beer, and watching football.
I did a quick search via zip code to see which retail establishments in my area support this sort of transaction, and I found the following:
Suffice it to say, location "A" was looking the most promising for the following reasons:
- It gives me an excuse to visit the old corner-store from my old neighborhood. (REALLY BIG chocolate chip cookies!)
- The lady who works there is kinda hot.
- They have beer.
I walked in, verified that they do in fact have the necessary MasterCard PayPass terminals, grabbed my beer, flirted a little, finished my transaction, and vacated the premises with my free merchandise.