Overheard on CNN.com: Can't we just keep our wallets?
"Seinfeld's" George Costanza could have used a Google Wallet app.
October 10th, 2011
05:08 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Can't we just keep our wallets?

Exchange of the Day:

"A little paranoid? This is the future. Get with the program or be left behind." - Guest

"That's what the lead lemming said." - Pathit

Our future: Empty pockets, except for our phones

Someday we may leave the house with nothing but our phones, containing the countless items we used to fumble for: house key, credit card, driver's license, transit pass and corporate ID.

The phone-as-wallet trend started in South Korea and Japan about five years ago and became a reality in the U.S. in September, when the Google Wallet app went public. Many CNN.com readers were unenthusiastic, even those who like gadgets.

Cal78 said, "Great idea. My phone breaks and now I can't buy a new one. I can't even get into my house, but I guess that doesn't matter because I can't drive my car or take the bus to get there anyway. Let's put all of our eggs in one basket."

kaeksen asked, "Why can't we just have it as we have it now? Sometimes I hate progress. It's like we never get satisfied with our system; we continually have to change. It's annoying. Good to let out some steam." AthensGuy said, "Well, the 'empty pockets' are here already!"

wfrobinette said, "I don't see how the benefits of this out weigh the risks. We have become way to dependent on technology. This is nothing but a scam to get people to spend more money that they don't have and to reduce the number of service employees to process transactions. The faster we adopt automation that faster we all work ourselves out of a job."

But scrutineerza said, "This is inevitable. For example, I have Paypal on my iPhone, and can pay for online purchases with it. Also, in our country, some people send each other airtime (mobile call credit) instead of money, as a payment. It is much safer. Just think. If your wallet is stolen with a good few hundred dollars in it, you lose a lot. If your phone is stolen, and it has a PIN, and it's insured, you've really lost nothing. Welcome to the future. Moreover, cash is a bad idea. As long as there's cash, there will be cash robberies."

Pauls72 said, "Maybe for a few technogeeks, but for most of us, dream on. Way too many security issues. Smart phone battery life too short. How about the business with the signs 'In God we trust, all others pay cash!' Where's the software for my PalmPre or any other older smart phone?"

pmichner said, "Cool. Phones are more identical than wallets. I'll scope out a rich guy, get out the same model phone and skin, and 'bump' into him while he's talking on his wallet."

MediaFakery said, "No thanks, futurist think-tank weirdos. Cash works fine. You can all go off to some island somewhere to use your little smartphone credits with each other."

Simpelton said, " 'Uh sir, I'll have to cite you for no valid driver's license and no insurance.' 'But officer, my battery just died!' 'Sorry sir, ignorance is no excuse.'

Do your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. gung hoe

    You know phil you are a pervert and you really need help for it.Remember watch when your mommy told you not to play with yourself or you would go blind? Just hows that one working for you wearing bifocals yet philly old boy

    October 11, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. @gunk hole

    Well, all abused children become avid masturbators. Some of us get over it in therapy by learning that masturbating is nothing more than carrying-on with the abuse. The word 'mastrubate' literally means 'self-abuse'. But you knew that already unless you are an pill-popper recovery miracle. Then you would be needing some boxing gloves to wear for true recovery.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. @gunk hole

    And my vision is still 20/20, though it does seem like I need a little more light for reading small print. (shrug) And i know who you are gunk hole. Been thru this many times with others I've helped with my unique perspective(s) and lack of style. It's ok. (hug)

    October 11, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    I'm certain this is the wave of the future! We just have to get used to the idea! My computer coach told our class that in the Far Eastern nations you can get a disposable paperphone from a dispenser, use it & toss it!!

    October 11, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I just don't give a rat's ass about *yours*, little man.
    Lay off me already, willya?

    October 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    I'm not sure what type of therapy you have recieved, Philip, but masturbation is a normal human function! In fact it's a normal earth creature function & while overdoing it can be a sign of abuse, it can also be a healthy acceptance that we are s.e.x.ual beings & pleasuring ourselves is a normal activity, not a sign that your abuser has so brainwashed you that you've now taken up where he left off! I think alot of your off topic comments are Church endoctrinations & a cry for help! Why else would you be on here day after day spouting the same stuff on each blog thread? You haven't got over your PTSD & you need professionals, not a pastor to help with that! Good Luck 2 u!!

    October 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
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