Google has said that it has been blocked from supporting its Google Wallet service on smartphones being supplied to Verizon Wireless, the Wall Street Journal reports, without clarifying why this decision was made.
Apparently, versions of the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus smartphone offered by the US number-one operator will not include support for the NFC-enabled service, which enables customers to make contactless payments using the handset. Google Wallet is currently supported by operator Sprint, using a different Samsung-made handset – the Nexus S.
According to the paper, Verizon asked for the app not to be included, and customers will also not be able to download it from Android Market after sale.
Verizon has its own mobile payment venture, called Isis, which was created in partnership with AT&T and T-Mobile USA.