Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Google’s SMS Payment Patent
Google in February 2006 filed a patent with the US Patent office describing a text message system
, also referred to as “GPay” throughout the document. The patent was published last Thursday, describing an online payment system reminiscent of PayPal and Google Checkout, but mobile-enabled. The abstract says the patent includes:
- A server receiving an SMS from a payer containing a payment request for a specific amount (sent by some independent device),
- parsing the SMS to find out what value the payer account should be debited for, and
- crediting the payee account (independent of the server system) with that specified amount.
Below are some of the illustrations that came with the patent:
[Hat tip to Search-Engines-Web and Search Engine Land.]
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