Pay Your Bills With a Cellphone

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Google Nexus S smartphone owners will soon be able to process mobile payments from their cellular phone using near field communications technology, thanks to Charge Anywhere’s new billing software.

The mobile payments program — an Android app — lets the Nexus S function as a portable purchasing terminal, making handheld transactions via MasterCard PayPass and Visa Blink. NFC technology lets nearby mobile devices exchange information wirelessly; for example, allowing owners to instantly swipe their phone by a poster or mall kiosk to instantly pay for sodas or song downloads.

Charge Anywhere plans to roll out the software — which lets businesses process credit card, check and ACH payments for everything from concert tickets to merchandise — to additional phones shortly, as support for NFC technology is added. With mobile payments a major focus for wireless carriers and phone manufacturers in 2011, pedestrians would do well to steel themselves against the growing range of options for potential impulse buys.

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