Wednesday, December 7, 2011
VERIZON BLOCKS GOOGLE WALLET ON UPCOMING GALAXY NEXUS
Despite the Galaxy Nexus’s NFC chip, Verizon is blocking the Google Wallet payment system from the handset.
Verizon is shutting it out because of — you guessed it — money. The carrier is an invested partner in Isis, a competing mobile payment system. As is so often the case when software makers, hardware makers, and wireless providers collide, the wireless providers are having the last say.
If this is enough to make you hold out for an unconfirmed AT&T or T-Mobile Galaxy Nexus, think again. Those two carriers are partnering with Verizon on the Isis system. The only US holdout is Sprint, who also happens to offer the only official support for Google Wallet with their Nexus S 4G.