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Verizon claims it's not blocking Google Wallet but has security concerns

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Verizon claims it's not blocking Google Wallet but has security concerns
We already knew that Google Wallet would not be making its way to the Galaxy Nexus, and yesterday the theory came out that this was because Verizon would be supporting ISIS, the NFC payment system that it and other major carriers are backing. But now, Verizon has spoken on the issue, Google has responded, and we're left to decide who we believe.

Verizon spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said in an e-mail statement to Bloomberg today that Verizon is working to have "the best security and user experience" and that Google Wallet would be allowed when it met those goals. But, Verizon has said that it isn't blocking Google Wallet, but has to consider it differently because of how it needs to be integrated into hardware. Verizon also claimed that it doesn't block software, but anyone who has tried to tether on the carrier knows that isn't true.

A Google spokesman, Nate Tyler, responded to those claims by reaffirming the security in Google Wallet and that the platform had been "designed from the ground up with security as a priority." Aside from that he said/she said, the prevailing theories are that either Verizon is trying to keep out competition from the Isis system, which won't be launching until next year, or the inclusion of Wallet is part of the negotiations over contract terms and data sharing between the companies.

The only US carrier that has allowed Google Wallet is Sprint, which is the only major US carrier that hasn't backed Isis. Of course, Sprint is also the only carrier with an NFC-enabled Android phone in the Nexus S.

There's no real way to figure out the truth of the whole mess, but Verizon's argument is the weakest of all, and Google has simply earned our trust far more than Verizon has.. If we're to believe the reports that the Android 4.1 update has been made to fix issues that Verizon found with the Galaxy Nexus in testing, then it would seem to follow that Google would update Google Wallet with any security fixes that Verizon deemed necessary.

source: Bloomberg & Droid Life

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posted on 06 Dec 2011, 13:28 5

1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


WTF vzw ?

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 13:40 6

2. downphoenix (Posts: 2416; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Anything that doesnt allow them to make more money off you is a security concern. As in their financial security. Even though they are the most profitable carrier in the US.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 13:48 4

3. Synack (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Exactly, f**k Verizon. Either way, us hackers WILL find a way to get it on there.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 01:23

17. oldarney (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


It was a toddlers SQL injection... tell sony to stop asking for a good front door hacking.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 15:28 1

12. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


cant fault them and give a pass to apple for the same thing. they are both the most profitable because they are riding on excellent advertising and user reviews.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 13:50 4

4. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


In Google we trust... I notice more ppl deal with VZW bull shxt for the few perks, like great coverage, but not too people respect and love Verizon. Google at least has earned the respect of the ppl who use it, for the most part anyways.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 14:04 3

5. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


they are blocking it because they have a agreement with ISIS, thats why.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 14:06

7. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Karate?! The Dane Cook of martial arts?! No. ISIS agents use Krav Maga

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 14:05 1

6. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


I'd give vzw the benefit of the doubt on this, but the only way for them to really prove themselves right would be to un-block google wallet before ISIS launches. I'll bet that doesn't happen...

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 14:10 3

8. threeline (Posts: 260; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


So if Sprint is the only carrier that allowed Google wallet and they already have it running on the Nexus S why wouldn't Google launch the Galaxy Nexus with Sprint and not fuss and fight with the 'tards at VZW?

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 14:28 1

9. ojdidit84 (Posts: 418; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Well after all of the hassle that's been going on with the Nexus release on Verizon, I have a feeling that there won't be any more exclusive launches for a Nexus device on Verizon again. T-mo handled the Nexus launches much better than Verizon has been doing lately.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 15:03 2

10. superguy (Posts: 271; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


VZW: We couldn't lock the bootloader, so we're going to lock Google out of NFC instead.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 15:10

11. Penny (Posts: 1267; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I bet VZW would allow it if it had VZW written on it and they got the profits...probably what they're trying to do anyway.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 15:29 3

13. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they want a cut of the action. they dont want anything to happen on their network that they are not getting paid for. that was true when i worked for them a few years back and im pretty sure that hasnt changed. lol

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 15:38

14. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Bootloader is unlocked on this phone, right? XDA will unlock Google Waller for you all :-)

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 16:22

15. Vzw_employee (Posts: 42; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


I believe everyone here needs to come down , and not hate the phone because the minor set back, I am sure there are people working on how to unlock Google wallet as we speak, Verizon has always lock wifi tether in every single phone, and we have find a way around that, haven't we? I don't think this should be a deal breaker for the Galaxy Nexus.

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