No. 3 U.S. mobile carrier Sprint is planning to launch its own NFC mobile wallet as early as this summer, NFC Times has learned, as the mobile wallet war in the United States continues to heat up.
Sprint’s wallet plans represent another blow to Google, whose own wallet has been distributed by Sprint, which remains Google’s lone wallet partner among mobile operators.
Sources told NFC Times that Sprint sees advantages in rolling out its own wallet, which according to the sources is named “Touch.” With a wallet, Sprint could build relationships with banks and other service providers. With the Google Wallet, Sprint has virtually no involvement with service providers.