The new Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be the next big phone to support the NFC technology for mobile payment systems like Google Wallet. Unfortunately, the Verizon version of this phone will have specifically Google Wallet, disabled on the device. According to a confirmation from Google, Verizon requested that the feature be disabled for their version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The reason for this was not given, but more than likely it was a strategic decision by Verizon, since they have invested in their own mobile payment service called Isis, which is a partnership Verizon Wireless formed with AT&T and T-Mobile USA. In fact, there are several different competing mobile payment systems being developed. Here's a quote from the CNET article with a few more details, "Verizon asked us not to include this functionality in the product," a Google representative told CNET.
It's unknown whether that omission is related to Isis, a partnership Verizon Wireless formed with AT&T and T-Mobile USA in an attempt to enter the mobile payments business.
Verizon Wireless representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
While several other companies have announced plans to launch their own digital wallets, Google was the first to market. Google's service, which launched in September, allows owners of Android smartphones equipped with NFC (near-field communications) technology to tap or swipe their phones to make purchases.
Sound off in the forums if this will affect your decision to get the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Originally Posted By DGStorm On DroidForums.Net