Verizon says “No Google Wallet for you!” – Verizon to block Google Wallet from Galaxy Nexus users

Let’s hope George Costanza isn’t a Verizon customer (or AT&T, or T-Mobile) otherwise he’ll be holding on to his overly obese wallet a bit longer. Surprise, surprise — apparently Verizon will not be allowing its Galaxy Nexus customers access to Google Wallet. In good old anti-competitive spirit, Verizon has decided to block Google Wallet due to it being a direct competitor to their own backed mobile payment system ISIS.

To me this is ridiculous, and I quite can’t understand any of Verizon’s logic. If they are going to block a Google app meant for a Google device — because it competes with services they have an interest in — then why not block Google Maps (VZ Navigator competitor), or Google Voice (anti-Verizon on every front), or any other app that prevents them from raping its customers? It’s okay for Verizon to force Bing (a direct competitor of Google) onto an Android device, but they have a problem with a system that’s only available on one Verizon Android device because it might steal their thunder?! Seriously, what the hell is going on?!

This isn’t the first time Google Wallet has been blocked — it’s also unavailable on Nexus S devices on AT&T and T-Mobile (also supporters of ISIS). Personally I wouldn’t have a problem with this had these carriers actually manufactured or developed any part of these devices — but they didn’t! They shouldn’t be afforded the power to dismantle, disable, block, or mess with any of the features already built into a handset or application. If they don’t like features of a particular handset, then they shouldn’t carry it. This facade of a “Nexus” device is really starting to irk me and I can’t help but wonder if the “Nexus/Google experience” did in fact die with the Nexus One.

I strongly believe what the carriers are doing is wrong and something I consider anti-competitive and illegal, but unfortunately — it is allowed. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus just continues to become less and less appealing to me — not because it’s less of an amazing device — but because it’s less of what I perceive as a “Nexus” device.

Source: ComputerWorld via Droid-Life

Costanza would not be happy!


  • Tgurz

    thats why i buy International version 

  • Anonymous

    Why is Google allowing Verizon or any other carrier to make any changes at all to the stock Google Android experience? The software that comes on every single Nexus phone sold in the USA is supposed to be 100% identical regardless of carrier. In fact, Android operating system updates on Nexus phones prior to the Galaxy one were not subject to carrier approval of any kind and came directly from Google whenever Google felt like releasing them.

  • Anonymous

    Google is not in a position to dictate terms to the carriers, thats the bottom line.  Neither is Apple apparently, who spent the time and effort of baking CarrierIQ into their OS and apps…

    The carriers will maintain their stranglehold on the flow of money and data through their networks, no matter the cost to society.  Ironically, most people end up crying out to the very entity that created the problem for the solution.

  • Doublespeak

    What about the open access requirment on the 700mhz spectrum verizon has . ..the carriers just keep throwing money at shit that no one wants…i wish people would wake up and just start buying unbranded phones…also isnt there a paypal app …and im sure there are other payment methods im forgetting …verizon sucks

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  • Anonymous

    Disregarding the many apps in the Android market blocked by Verizon… 

  • Anonymous

    Now I see why Steve jobs wanted to own his own carrier Network.

  • Anonymous

    By the way, it’s outrageously easy to get carrier-blocked apps on to any android phone. Download the APK to your phone and install it using a file manager. Simple. 

    • Anonymous

      While that is the case for most APK’s, Google Wallet requires kernel modifications to be placed on the TMobile Nexus S.  

  • Anonymous

    Google is stupid for first allowing Samsung to name it the Galaxy Nexus. Second Google is stupid to have signed an exclusivity agreement with Verizon. The original Galaxy S and LGs Optimus One both sold like crazy because they were on all four major carriers. Thirdly Google is stupid for letting Verizon change ANYTHING. Screw the Galaxy Nexus, I’ll buy whatever HTC makes as their first ICS phone available on Sprint.

  • JD

    Sounds like a good reason for a lawsuit. Verizon’s purchase of the 700Mhz spectrum forced them to sign open access rules. I don’t see how this follows those rules. 4G LTE device (aka 700MHz spectrum) can not be forced to use any particular application. 


  • The third Nexus phone that will sell like shit. Surely they will get the hang of this eventually?

  • You need to fix this blog post and update it to at least mention the fact that Sprint has an exclusive deal with. Google and Verizon could not offer it even if they wanted to. This post is simply wrong on every level. Even the Google Wallet FAQ says this.

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  • wiz

    it’s all about competition i think..

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