Forget the plastic, MasterCard wants you to pay with whatever gadget you're wearing

By dkpope
Oct 28, 2015
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  1. If pulling the credit card out of your wallet is beginning to feel like too much of a hassle, MasterCard has your back. The credit card company is making efforts to turn each new gadget into a credit card capable of making payments. The Verge reports that MasterCard is launching a new program that will help tech companies enable things like smart jewelry, car keys, fitness trackers and more to make payments.

    Most new smartphones already have this capability with programs such as Apple Pay or Android Pay. MasterCard’s plans have a wider scope — they want you to be able to forget the physical card and pay with whatever you’re already wearing.

    To start, MasterCard has partnered with a few companies and they already have prototypes ready. There is GM’s key fob, Ringly’s smart ring, and Nymi’s smart wristband. And they all come with MasterCard’s wireless payment technology ready to go.

    If you’re interested, it might be a good idea to get a Capital One MasterCard because they are the only ones that will be supported on these devices, at least at first. If the program is successful MasterCard will assuredly open it up to others. The first credit card replacement products will arrive in the U.S. next year, and your only decision is whether you'll keep the actual credit card in your wallet or leave it at home once you have a wristband or key fob that will do its job.

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  2. Laf904

    Laf904 TS Member Posts: 19

    Here in Canada, NFC payments with your smartphone is only supported by a small number of banks/carriers. A lot of work is needed here to extend the support and availability.
  3. Hexic

    Hexic TS Addict Posts: 272   +127

    Yes... create more vulnerable access points for me to steal your information... forget your keys somewhere? You've just paid for my round of beers at the pub.

    wiyosaya likes this.
  4. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,292   +55

    I saw someone pay with their phone at mcdonalds the other day. The scanners look like black, square cell phones. We learned nfc programming in that university of illinois urbana free android class, so I'm hip.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2015
  5. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 938   +243

    Yes, I have to agree with your assessment. I cannot help but think that it is a "cost saving" measure by Master Card so that they can make more money which, to me, makes this even more frustrating. But, we have companies like this jumping on the latest fad.

    I also think that even in the US, there are few places that accept payment in this form. As well, not everyone has a smart phone, smart watch, or other "smart device."

    One can only hope that this goes as far as the researchers that will eventually research the security of the "option" and tell everyone what everyone already is far less secure than a real credit card.
  6. Hexic

    Hexic TS Addict Posts: 272   +127

    I'm currently at Purdue University - and there are two organizations within the Computer Science department alone that specialize in the utilization of NetPen and network/device vulnerability tactics. It's very easy to snatch someone's info OTA, especially with how careless the general populace is these days with NFC, open WiFi networks, etc.
  7. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,292   +55

    My dental student at midwestern university dental school working on my teeth went to purdue. I like them because they allowed me to download various flavors of linux from their servers. I better not tell anyone else I know how to program (hack) ntc. I don't even have a capable device.

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