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German firm in talks with Google for mobile payment program

July 4, 2012

According to one recent interview, a German company is engaged in talks with Google about partnering for a mobile payment program.

According to one recent interview, a German company is engaged in talks with Google about partnering for a mobile program.

Deutsche Telekom AG’s head of innovation, Thomas Kiessling, told the source that the phone firm and search engine provider were discussing possible opportunities in the merchant services sector. He also said that many different brands were being looked at.

“We’re talking to other players in the market, and even a cooperation with Google is theoretically possible,” Kiessling said in an interview with the news provider. “We’re in talks there as well,” he said, declining to specify potential areas of cooperation.”

The company has already made a deal with MasterCard to increase its reach. The program will allow people to pay with items through smartphones, without having to dig through a wallet. While the German firm’s representative spoke on the matter, a Google spokesman declined to comment.

The California-based firm has been in the news for other developments of its mobile program. In a statement, the company said it had redesigned its mobile mapping app.

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