Dec 08, 2011

Why won't Verizon allow us to have Google Wallet on the Galaxy Nexis?

It seems to me that Google Wallet could potentially be one of the significant steps toward a cash free economy (I personally think the shift away from people carrying significant cash on their person is a factor in the decrease in violent crime in America). Why is Verizon opposed to letting us be big boys and girls and use Google Wallet if we so wish? The use of phones as virtual wallets is already widespread in Europe, and a major carrier like Verizon preventing the market penetration of Google Wallet decreases the motivation for business to embrace the technology and concept.

I've always found Verizon annoying to deal with when it comes to certain things. This appears to be one of those things. There's not much you can do except contact them and ask them to let you use it. Or perhaps switch carriers to someone who doesn't have such a restrictive policy?

Verizon has some good points, but they can be really irritating sometimes.

There is some indication that Google Wallet is causing a delay in the roll out of the Nexis, at least according to Geek.com.  It was announced in October that the Galaxy Nexus would be available from Verizon in November, but I haven't seen any yet and we are well in to December.  Another reason my be that Verizon and AT&T have been working on a mobile phone service called ISIS that would be a direct rival to Google Wallet, or to say it from Verizon's perspective, Google Wallet is a direct rival to ISIS.  After spend the time and money (up to $100 million according to some articles) for development of a proprietary mobile pay system, I can see how Verizon wouldn't be too happy at the prospect of all those resources being wasted.  On the other hand, apparently ISIS isn't nearly ready for prime time, so perhaps they should just bite the bullet and acknowledge the Google beat them to the punch and allow customers to have the capability that they desire.

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