Discover has given its blessing to Google Wallet, adding a click-to-add feature to its online customer account centre to make it easy for customers to load their card to the search giant's mobile payments system.
When I used my Android smartphone to buy a paid app for the first time from Google Play - or Android Market as it was called at the time - I was taken to a screen titled Google Wallet and told to add a credit card. I did that via the smartphone's keyboard.
The Visa card I entered has been stored on file as my default funding method on GW since I don't have to enter it during subsequent purchases, including the one shown here.
I didn't have to interact with Visa or the card-issuing bank even once. I guess this method of adding a credit card to GW is only applicable when GW is used for mobile-based remote transactions.
For NFC-based instore payments using GW, pushing the card details from the card network's account center, as described in this article, might be the only way to add a credit card to GW.
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