Yes! With Google‘s new wallet app, you’ll be able to pay with your cell phone starting this summer!
What’s the best cell phone for this purpose?
Early critics are saying that while Google’s planning is pretty thorough (used cell phones will have to have a special tamper proof chip that stores the credit card data) there’s still two possible holes: users and con artists.
Users need to pick a pin for their info that isn’t 1111 or 1234. They also need to be aware of spam apps that mimic Google’s Wallet.
Investing in an iPhone may be a good way to go, since Apple has to approve all the apps in their store.
If you’re waiting to upgrade to a Google wallet capable phone, why not make a cheap upgrade now with a used cell phone? You won’t be stuck with it since there’s no contract with used cell phones, and you can get them for much cheaper (so you can often get a nicer phone!).
Then when Wallet enabled phones are released, you can recycle your used cell phones. When you buy used cell phones and recycle them, you’re saving the planet a little bit at a time.
Used cell phones also come in handy if you’re prone to lose or destroy your phones, or if you want a spare for travelling.