I wouldn't mind if my phone had an app that charged my Visa card so I didn't have to carry the plastic, but I am not so sure I want to charge things directly to my phone's account, but that is exactly what it looks like the carriers want to try.
Discover is also in the joint venture and would be the banking partner to manage the user's accounts.
Thirty years ago everything was cash or check. The report says that today, nearly $3 trillion is spent using general purpose credit cards. If everyone's phone can be linked up to a credit account, plastic could go the way of the check in far less than 30 years.
Would you be willing to turn your purchasing details over to your wireless carrier? Can you imagine the targeted advertising they could implement with that kind of information?