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Is it already passe to pay with your smartphone?

Matt Koppenheffer
Matt Koppenheffer and Max Macaluso
Apr 20, 2014 at 11:32AM
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Only dinosaurs pay with a credit card -- the cool thing to do is to pay with your smartphone.

Forward-thinking payments companies like eBay's (NASDAQ:EBAY) PayPal have created great technology around mobile payments. PayPal's Check-In mobile app allows consumers to view establishments that accept PayPal, see coupon offers, and pay right from their phone.

But is the industry already moving past mobile phones? 

In the clip from The Motley Fool's show "Where the Money Is" below, Fool analysts Matt Koppenheffer and Max Macaluso visit the Twitter-sphere and discuss whether palm readers might be in our payments future. Given the recent data breaches at several high-profile merchants, many industry experts are trying to find the most secure and convenient ways for consumers to pay for everyday goods and services. Matt and Max also discuss the safety of e-cigarettes and Richard Branson's quest to solve the world's problems.