Wassup Wit Dat!

Bettah Not Lose It

July 29th, 2014

In da last blog, I showed a picture of dis:

Da closest guess was by M noting, "you used your phone".

Very close but no cigar.... da two malahini used their phone as I mentioned I witnessed them. 😛

Wat I observed them do was kinda funny yet sad yet scary. They literally were trying to pay with their phone and no, there's no app for dat.

If you noticed the screen dat LOOKS like a phone above the dollar bill slot, not the small screen but da BIG one, they were holding up da back of their phone against da screen as to "transfer" information.

Well I gotta say actually dat we're behind of da times in terms of utilizing da full capabilities of today's technology. I remembah reading waaaaaaaay back in da day wen picture phones were extremely limited and da screens were still green - or orange - and still flashed "digital" numbahs, dat in Germany, they were rocking their Nokia's and their ability to use their phones to pay vending machines and at select vendors for merchandise.

About 15 years latah, it is growing hea now but not so much wea you can use your phone directly per say but, yes, there are apps dat will "record" your gift cards wea you don't have to have it physically but just "show/scan" your phone so you always have it instead of lugging around all dat plastic or even forgetting it at home and feeling all sick cause you knew you had a gift card but totally forgot about it.

Wassup Wit Dat!

I'm surah there's a merchant or two dat is trying out da pay by phone method like da soda machine but I can only imagine da security measures in da U.S. preventing da full blown ability to do so. In contrast, it has been easier to use your phone to ACCEPT payment though via Square or Intuit or da half dozen or so makers willing to take a cut for processing. How much more safer is dat? Or even now, paying ANYONE via Paypal is second nature to millions of people.

Back to da soda machine. I felt sorry for those two cause it was an EXTREMELY humid day dat day and they looked like they really wanted dat drink. Whether they were just trying to get a free drink from da advertisement or not, they held up their phone to da screen a few times and sadly, no soda. Wat made it more difficult was da screen was angled in such a way dat it was difficult to read especially with da glaring sun behind them so they did wat any oddah normally parched person would do........ they kept trying! 😆

They held their phone dis way and dat. Higher. Lower. Landscape. Portrait. Hovered it. Pressed it. Angle down. Angle up. Angle left. Angle right.

It was almost as if they were getting punked.

As Da Wife was giving me da "hurry your okole up" look, it dawned on me dat wen - and it is wen, not if - da day comes wen our phones will replace our wallets, will people still be losing their phones? You go into ANY wireless carrier store and there will be at least one person buying a new phone cause they lost it - will dat be da case knowing dat you got your ID, "money", gift cards, contacts etc stored away all on a slimmer than a toothpick device dat you "upgrade" every few years?

Now I know some of you will not succumb to da "cool phone" genre but wat if it offered you all da perks of having a wallet but not carrying one - would you fall into da dark side? Wat do you tink about being able to pay with your phone? Wat do you tink about going to craft fairs and seeing your favorite goodie vendor swiping your card into THEIR phone or tablet? Why is it easier to see your card swiped into a strangers phone but not using your own phone to pay? Are/Would you be willing to forego carrying a wallet in lieu of just your phone?

Hmmmmmmm........ just food for thought today as you desperately search for your checkbook. 😀

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4 Responses to “Bettah Not Lose It”

  1. M:

    Howzit BL!
    Dats what I meant, in Japan dey are many vending machines ladat.

  2. cojef:

    Thanks for the lengthy explanation! Sure puzzled me. Too makule to change and not a fan of buying cool drinks from a vending machine. Also new gadgets for paying one's purchases scares me. Further, like the feel of a money-clip in my pocket.

  3. 4G:

    I've been waiting for my phone to be able to replace my wallet for several years now . . . . 🙁

    Apps like Passbook and Google Wallet intrigue with possibilities, but we need merchants to jump on the bandwagon, too. I mean, come on, the U.S. doesn't even use smartcards, yet! LOL.

    At this point, mostly membership cards and gift cards, for me, don't need to be carried since they are in my phone. This is helpful in reducing wallet bulk. The Starbucks payment app makes payment a breeze. I am looking forward to credit cards and ID's being stored in my phone . . . .

  4. 9th Island Girl:

    Uh, not sure yetabout the using my phone thing. My bank has that app where you can just make deposits by phone but I don't yet feel safe about banking info by phone.

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