I want to leave my wallet at home and just carry my smartphone SO BAD. At the very least, I want to only carry my Driver’s License and let my smartphone do the heavy lifting of carrying my medical card, credit cards, and even loyalty/gift cards.
Looks like Google Wallet is making my wish [almost] a reality. The recently updated iOS and Android app (Sorry Windows Phone) now lets users add and redeem gift cards right from the app.
To add physical gift cards, you simply snap a picture of the gift card and manually enter the card information (number, ccv code, and expiration date). You can even add eGift cards received via email directly to Google Wallet (Participating merchants only).
To redeem, just show your virtual card to the cashier and they may just be able to scan the card from your phone. At the very least, they will have to manually enter the card information (poor cashiers that may have to do actual work).
As an added bonus, certain gift cards will let you check the remaining balance in real-time right from Google Wallet – No more calling the number on the back of card or squinting at a web site on your phone to check the gift card balance. Near a store? You can opt to get a little reminder that you have a gift card for the store on your phone, to give you that little nudge to go in and spend that free money (and probably spend a little more).
Skynet Google already has all of your information, why not let it consolidate it all conveniently on your smartphone? Personally, I’m waiting on the day when my smartphone becomes my everything, good or bad.
FYI, No I do NOT get tired of that same ‘ol SkyNet joke. [Soon…]
What say you – Would you prefer to have all your information including financial stuff (securely) on your smartphone, or would you prefer to keep it separate, so you can just lose your wallet/purse with all your information the old school way?
Loaded question, I know