Pay as you go, on the go. On the heels of the announcement that Starbucks is partnering with mobile payment app Square, the Internet is abuzz with talk of a world without wallets. But how does mobile shopping work? Is it secure? What sort of options are out there? To learn more about this ever-shifting landscape, check out these five services.
- Square (free) — The Starbucks partnership has put a spotlight on Square, an app that lets you pay without even touching your wallet or phone. To shop, all you need to do is step inside and say your name at the counter. The only setback? With GPS constantly running on your phone, its battery life is decreased.
- Google Wallet (free) — Currently available on six Android phones and the Nexus 7 tablet, Google Wallet can be used with any credit, debit, or rewards card. Plus, with zero fees and the ability to disable the account remotely, it's a safe, affordable pick that's accepted at more than 140,000 merchants across the US.
- PayPal (free) — After setting up the in-store checkout capability on your existing PayPal account, you're able to easily pay with just your phone number and a PayPal pin.
- GoPago (free) — With this app, you can skip the lines at your favorite spots by ordering and paying before you arrive. After downloading the app, just enter your payment information once, and you'll be able to pay securely with GoPago. Right now, the app is available in the San Francisco Bay Area and Las Vegas.
- Apple Store EasyPay (free) — Apple fanatics can purchase their own products with the Apple Store app's EasyPay button. Just scan the bar code of whichever accessory you'd like to purchase, and you'll be able to buy the item through your iTunes account.
Have you tried any of these mobile payment services? What do you think?