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It looks like Walmart is the latest company to get in on the mobile payment craze, with their app “Walmart Pay” launching on December 10th (though as of this writing it’s not showing up in the Google Play store).

This is no doubt bad news to the folks at CurrentC, who are currently developing a mobile payment app that works with multiple retailers, though Walmart hasn’t exactly cut ties with them and are reportedly open to other mobile payment options in the future.

It’s good news for customers who want to pay at Walmart with their phones, as the company doesn’t accept Apple Pay. Walmart Pay is available for Android and Apple devices and supports any major credit or debit card, and it also allows you to load up you Walmart gift cards.

Walmart Pay doesn’t use NFC. Instead, customers will have to select their method of payment in the app and then use their camera to scan the code given to them at the register. The app will then recieve an e-receipt. Of course, not every Walmart is currently equipped to work this way. Walmart Pay has rolled out in select U.S. stores and will be available nationwide by the first half of 2016.

With the mobile payment market becoming fairly crowded in such a quick manner, it’s beginning to defeat the purpose of mobile payments. If other merchants follow suit and it gets to the point where you need to use a different app for practically every store you shop at, it’s actually going to become much more of a hassle than simply carrying cash or cards. Your “mobile wallet” will consist of an entire chunk of your home screen taken up by a dozen different payment apps.


All that said, we’re still a ways away from that happening, if it does at all. Is this what sensationalist news anchors feel like?

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