Google Wallet and Verizon’s Nexus S

google wallet and verizonI read an article at Wired.com earlier tonight about how it doesn’t look like Verizon will include Google’s new electronic payment service, Google Wallet, on it’s new smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

I personally had not heard much about Google Wallet, the reason likely being that it hasn’t had widespread adoption. In fact, according to their website, the service is currently available only on Sprint Nexus S 4G phones. (The service depends on NFC (near-field communication) technology, which gives phones to function sort of like one of those debit cards with an RFID chip in them.

In fact, the Google Wallet service works with the same MasterCard® PayPass™ terminals you may have seen at a variety of retailers, gas stations, party caterers, supermarkets, and other merchants.

I can see why Google would have ensuring the inclusion of this functionality in a Verizon product because, as it stands, only one model of phone utilized by one mobile provider supports it. Furthermore, the service only works at places that use PayPass technology. I’m rooting for Google here because it seems like a practical, convenient service. At the same time, they are a long way off from widespread adoption.

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