In other news, Verizon customers with Android phones can now have Google Play store downloads -- such as apps, music and movies -- charged to their monthly phone bill. Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile customers have already been able to send Google Play purchases to their bills.
Microsoft is running a promotion for the upcoming Office 2013. New buyers of Office 2010 or 2011 will be able to upgrade to 2013 for free when it is released.
A new type of mobile payment service, called Isis, has launched to compete with Google Wallet. It was created by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, and it lets users pay for items by tapping a smartphone to a sensor. For it to work, you'd need a smartphone with an NFC chip. Aside from being used as a credit or debit card, the Isis program also stores coupons. But these services face a tough challenge: Why bother with an app on your phone, when it's just as easy to pull out a credit card?
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