NEW YORK — MasterCard Inc. is preparing for the launch of Google Inc.’s mobile wallet within the next few weeks, but executives do not expect to see consumers regularly paying with their phones anytime soon.  

Google and its partners in May unveiled a mobile payment system that lets consumers pay for things by tapping their phones at the checkout counter instead of swiping their cards. MasterCard, which demonstrated the technology to journalists Sept. 15, said it was preparing to distribute it to consumers very soon. 

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