Google Wallet returns to HTC EVO 4G LTE, all is right with the world

Google Wallet returns to HTC EVO 4G LTE, all is right with the world
Last week, Sprint customers with the HTC EVO 4G LTE were surprised to find that the handset did not seem to support Google Wallet. Normally, this would have seemed strange because Sprint is practically the only carrier that has actually cared about the mobile payment system. But this time, the news seemed to have a sinister air about it because of the word that Sprint was was going to start offering its own mobile payment system called Sprint Touch.

A few days later, Google put an end to all off the evil speculation by saying that a software issue with the NFC component on the Sprint flagship device was to blame for the failure of Google Wallet to work on the handset. And with the word on Wednesday from Mountain View that Google Wallet functionality has returned to the HTC EVO 4G LTE, all is once again right with the world. Owners of the handset can now add credit card information and use Google Wallet to make purchases, just like Google had planned from the beginning.

And those who are looking for a Google Wallet enabled handset to help them make paying at the register a quick and painless event, could take a look at Amazon's deal for the HTC EVO 4G LTE. As we told you earlier Wednesday, the online retailer has cut its price on the handset for the second time since the initial launch of the phone earlier this month. New Sprint customers can now pick up this high-end device for all of $49.99 with a signed two-year pack. Current Sprint subscribers with an update burning a hole in his/her pocket can buy the phone for $149.99.

source: Phandroid

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EVO 4G LTE
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(7.50h talk time)

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6 Comments

1. knightinc

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

I still cant use mine.... it keeps telling me that its not supported!!!

2. leefer77

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

same here

3. gryffyn

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Still doesn't work on mine either. I got one of the first ones off the boat after the initial delay, Google Wallet worked fine for a while. Initial loading said it was out of date and needed to be updated from Google Play, so I did that. It worked a few times after that. I think there was another update since then. I tried clearing data.. I tried uninstalling updates (can't fully uninstall, it came pre-installed on the HTV EVO 4G LTE) and reinstalling. Still doesn't work. So i don't know if it was one of the last updates or something server-side, but it doesn't seem like something that would be that difficult to fix even if it was a software or server issue. This has either gotta be some more complicated hardware quirk or some contract issue. If it were software or server, it shouldn't be too hard to tell the servers to allow Sprint USA customers and/or mod the app to send the right info to get approval from the servers.

4. knightinc

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

I think since Sprint is coming out with there own payment app they deactivated the function to use Google wallet! That sucks!

5. gryffyn

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

That's been a theory, but I don't believe it. If anything, I think Sprint's payment app will just be Google Wallet with Sprint's name all over it. I don't think Sprint has the infrastructure (nor wants to create the infrastructure) to manage their own payment system....which is essentially as complicated (with security and such) as Paypal.

6. knightinc

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

Thats true... i dont think they want to deal with all that hassle... I been with sprint for a long time and i know they will come through...

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