The world of NFC-based mobile payments is an utterly ridiculous state. Just about everyone is starting their own service, tempted by the opportunities for revenues that come with transactions and partnerships. And to make things worse, it looks like we might soon have another competitor entering the fray: Sprint.
The rumor originated at NFC Times, and they’ve highlighted the problems it poses for Google’s own Wallet service. Sprint is currently the only major American telco that supports Wallet, with the rest working on their combined effort Isis. While it’s pretty easy to download and install the Wallet app itself, what this could mean is none of the phones would come with Wallet pre-installed in the US, the only country where the service is currently available.
- Starting Monday, you can use Google Wallet in a lot more places
- Google Wallet updated with giftcard management
- Google Wallet support soon only KitKat+
- Handful of Google apps get updated