Google Confirms Verizon is Trying to Block Its Wallet, as Wallet War Heats Up

Dec 7 2011

Google has confirmed in statements to the press that Verizon Wireless is trying to block it from offering the Google Wallet on its own Galaxy Nexus smartphone, which Verizon is expected to put on sale later this month.

A Google spokesman has issued a statement saying that Verizon has “asked us not to include this (wallet) functionality in the product,” and that consumers won’t be able to download the wallet app to the phone.

It helps confirm earlier reports by NFC Times that Verizon, the largest U.S. mobile carrier and part of the Isis joint venture planning its own wallet launch next year, would try to block the Google Wallet from the Galaxy Nexus Android phone when Verizon puts the phone on sale.

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