Verizon Explains Google Wallet Needs To Remove Secure NFC Access To Be Allowed On VZ Phones

Verizon has a history of blocking apps, like various tethering apps and Google Wallet. The FCC already cracked down on the former, but Wallet is still unusable on all Verizon devices (that is, without some modding). Verizon has responded to an FCC complaint explaining why they don’t allow Google Wallet on their phones. Their reasoning is that the app access the secure element on your phone, which is unlike other apps. So Verizon asks that either Google remove access to the secure element (rendering the app useless) or go through their approval process. We aren’t sure what the approval process is, but it sound not take approval to have Google place their own Wallet app on their own phones.

Could this be anti-competitive, due to Verizon being involved in Isis? Isis works a little differently but achieves the same purpose. Or maybe Verizon is just being stubborn. But I’m sure you Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners have some more to say. Leave your thoughts on this in the comments!


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