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Google Wallet Now Free to All Alliance Members

With new technologies floating around it’s hard to focus on which ones are actually useful and which ones will quickly disappear. When you find a good app or device that makes your everyday life easier, it’s hard to keep it to yourself. Enter Google Wallet.

Google Wallet is a virtual wallet that allows you to sync your credit cards to your Android phone. Once your credit cards are synced with your virtual wallet, you can use your phone to pay for purchases with a simple tap, or swipe of the phone. Google Wallet is a safe and secure way to make purchases without your physical wallet in hand.

As Alliance’s newest technological venture, Google Wallet is now available to all Alliance cardholders who use an Android smartphone. Alliance is one of the first credit unions to offer Google Wallet as a free service! Members with certain Android-based smart phones will be able to pay for purchases at more than 200,000 businesses nationwide by simply tapping the phone on any PayPass-enabled terminal at checkout.

Add your Alliance Visa® credit and MasterMoney debit card to your virtual wallet and use it in stores that offer PayPass. With Google Wallet, you can view your transactions to manage your spending. To locate stores that accept PayPass, you can use the MasterCard locator app (available FREE from the Google Play store).

Google Wallet is available for members with the following Android-based phones or tablets on these specific carriers:

Samsung Nexus S 4G on Sprint Samsung Galaxy Axiom on US Cellular
Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint LG Viper™ 4G LTE on Sprint
Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM/HSPA+ LG Nexus 4 GSM/HSPA+
Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE on Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint
Samsung Galaxy SIII on Sprint, MetroPCS, and US Cellular LG Optimus Elite™ on Sprint and Virgin Mobile
Asus Nexus 7  
Samsung Nexus 10  

Google Wallet is not available on Apple’s iOS system (iPhone) at this time.

How to download Google Wallet
Click and download the Google Wallet App in the Google Play store and follow the instructions to add your Alliance Visa® credit card and your MasterMoney debit card.

Who Accepts Google Wallet/PayPass transactions?
Some stores include: Banana Republic, Champs, The Container Store, Foot Locker, Guess, Macy’s, Office Max, Toys R’Us, Old Navy, CVS, Radio Shack and Sports Authority. Popular eateries like Jamba Juice and Jack In The Box also accept Google Wallet.

How Secure is Google Wallet?
Google Wallet never gives out credit card numbers or personal information. All credit cards added to your Google Wallet are encrypted and stored on secure servers. Google also covers “100% of eligible unauthorized Google Wallet transactions.”

If you were to lose your phone or tablet, you can immediately disable Google Wallet from another computer or device by logging into your account. You can also enable a pin number in order to access any financial transactions or credit card information.

For more information and FAQs about Google Wallet, click here.

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