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Google Wallet launches for extremely limited audience

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Google Wallet launches for extremely limited audience
Yesterday, we saw a leaked memo that said Google Wallet would be launching today, and it turns out that memo was correct. Google has launched Wallet in partnership with Citi Mastercard, although the service should be expanding to other credit card companies soon. The big problem is that Wallet is only available for Nexus S 4G users, meaning only US customers on Sprint, no international users, and not even support for AT&T or T-Mobile variants of the Nexus S. 

And, to limit the potential audience for this app even further, the app only works with Citi Mastercard credit cards right now. Though, Google did say in the announcement that it has received the NFC specifications from Visa, American Express and Discover, so future versions of the app will support those cards as well. As a bonus to the limited few that can get the app now, Google is also giving $10 on your Wallet Google Prepaid Card for those who set up the app before the end of the year. We're hoping that this extension to the end of the year means that the app will not only hit other Nexus S variants, but that it will be on Nexus Primes at launch as well. 

The Google Wallet app will be part of an OTA update for Sprint Nexus S 4G users, which will be rolling out starting today and taking 4 days total. So, if you haven't gotten the update yet, you can always try dialing *#*#checkin#*#* (*#*#2432546#*#*) from your dialer to force your phone to check for the update. 

If anyone is lucky enough to be in on this, let us know in the comments!

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posted on 19 Sep 2011, 18:02 1

1. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

this sucks even tho i don't have a NFC enabled phone yet (til i grab a SGSII) it wont get much hype when only one phone..one service (sprint versions of this phone) and only card (citi mastercard)...i want this hyped so merchants can jump on this and Google wallet can blow up for the holidays

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 18:31

2. lanz0r (unregistered)

They should also make this available for the new BlackBerrys with NFC built in, would be a nice little addition.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 23:18 2

4. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Again with the limited audience. This is why google + isnt making it. ;(

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 08:12 2

5. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

yea google + would be cool if it was available to everyone i only have 3 friends on google +

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