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Some Visa cardholders will be getting a taste of the future as “Visa Mobile” becomes operational on mobile devices powered by Google’s “Android” on a T-Mobile “G1” phone. Besides monitoring a Visa card account, users will be able to receive coupons directly from certain merchants plus be guided to that merchant with their phone. Chase Visa credit and debit cardholders will have exclusive access to the new “Visa Mobile” application for a limited time. The application will allow select Chase Visa cardholders to receive notifications about transaction activity on their accounts; obtain offers from merchants; and use the integrated Google mapping technology to locate nearby participating merchants or ATMs that accept Visa. Fourteen national merchants are supporting the initial launch of “Visa Mobile on Android,” including 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Bonefish Grill, eBags.com, eMusic.com, FragranceNet.com, Jos. A. Bank, Lenovo, Overstock.com, Planet Hollywood, Restaurant.com and Shoes.com. Visas applications will be demonstrated
by Visa and Google representatives today at a special live premiere of Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Simon Rich series of digital short films, “THE LINE,” at the WIRED Store in Manhattan. “Android” is the “Open Handset Alliance”s open source platform for mobile devices, including the T-Mobile “G1” phone. For more information visit: “http://www.android.com/market/”:http://www.android.com/market/

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