[ATTACH=right]17430[/ATTACH]For years now, we've been promised new technologies that would merge the idea of virtual payments with actual brick and mortar retailers, but inevitably we just keep swiping those plastic cards. Meanwhile, the Japanese and others leapfrog ahead, happily waving their phones and other gadgets in front of those cool Near Field Communication (NFC) payment systems without ever having to fumble for a wallet. The problem, according to [URL="http://mobilepayusa.com"]MobilePayUSA[/URL] Founder [URL="http://twitter.com/@MobilePayUSA"]Randy Smith[/URL], is that while financial institutions and others have tried to push adoption of NFC here, retailers have balked at the up to $500 price tag to replace existing …

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