Google wants to patent mobile commerce
Google owes its success to putting advertising into parts of our lives where no one has ever put adverts before. Now a new patent illustrates the extent of its ambitions.
Last week Google applied to patent one of the cornerstones of mobile commerce – billing by SMS. Details of the invention, entitled “Text message payment”, are scant in the application that was published on Thursday. But US 2007/0203836 does, however, illustrate the extent of Google’s ambitions. It envisages payments for conventional retail shopping (for example at Starbucks or McDonald’s), as well as browser-based surfing, and SMS services such as ringtones.
Now that Text messaging is so natural to everyone with a cellphone, can m-commerce prevail vs the traditional card swipe? what happens if you loose your phone? We can’t wait till the mobile phone can get us dressed and brush our teeth some day.. .