Verizon Blocks Google Wallet On Some New Smartphones

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus may run on Google’s Android OS, but that doesn’t mean Verizon Wireless is going to allow the device to run Google’s pay-by-phone app Google Wallet.

Last night, a rep for Google told the Wall Street Journal that Verizon has asked the Android maker to not include Google Wallet on the new smartphone and that users will be blocked from installing the app on the device.

A rep for Verizon Wireless explains, “We’re working to provide expanded services that will provide the best security and user experience in the market around m-commerce… We expect to provide access to an open wallet when those goals are achieved.”

Notice that the statement said “an” open wallet, not “Google Wallet.”

This is because VZW has formed an unholy alliance, dubbed Isis, with AT&T and T-Mobile USA to introduce their own method of allowing customers to make payments via smartphones.

Verizon Blocks Google Wallet on New Smartphones [WSJ.com]