If it seems like you're seeing more mobile payment options around town, you're not imagining things. Mobile devices from Square and Intuit are more prevalent than ever -- popping up in farmers markets, small salons, taco trucks, and all manner of independent businesses.
And it isn't just small businesses that are offering their customers the mobile-payment option. Square recently brought its service into. Square said in November it is now processing .
But the field is still relatively new and unsettled. Google Wallet, which relies on near-field communication technology that only a small number of phones have, has. , , , , and event a joint venture of have all made attempts at getting a foothold in mobile payments.
Mobile payments won't go away in 2013, but with so many companies competing for attention, we're sure to see some level of consolidation in the field soon.