Verizon’s Google Wallet Refusal May Be Violating Terms Set by FCC

In the last couple days it has been discovered that Verizon is not allowing Google Wallet to be on the Galaxy Nexus. This makes a lot of sense for Verizon since they have partnered with AT&T and T-Mobile to bring their own form of NFC payment to phones. In a statement they said that Wallet can simply not be treated like other apps since it needs more security. Well, it turns out Verizon may be in violation of the terms set by the FCC regarding the 700MHz C-block spectrum they won in an auction a few years ago.

During that time the FCC added terms to the auction that were meant to prevent winners from “denying, limiting, or restricing the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice.” Not allowing Google Wallet on to the Galaxy Nexus can be seen as restricting the ability of customer to use applications of their choice. Verizon wants us to think that they didn’t include Wallet because of security reasons, but it probably has more to do with eliminating competition.

via Phone Scoop

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