US Cellular Becomes Second U.S. Carrier to Support Google Wallet

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It looks like a recently released over the air update for the Samsung Galaxy S III on US Cellular has enabled Google Wallet functionality using the NFC radio inside that Android smartphone. As a result, US Cellular becomes the second U.S. carrier to support Google’s mobile wallet efforts, following national carrier Sprint. Rival national carriers […]

In Apple’s iCloud, Why an iPhone 5 Without NFC Makes Sense

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When Apple announced the iPhone 5, many were disappointed about the lack of inclusion of NFC hardware that would enable more wireless, near-range communications with neighboring devices. However, given the use of Photostream in the Photos app and Apple’s Passbook app, it makes sense for Apple to not include the emerging near field communications technology […]

ISIS Mobile Payment System Coming In September

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ISIS is finally preparing to bring its mobile payment system to the market sometime in the next month, something that will bring mobile payments to a larger group of users on multiple carriers. According to Bloomberg, ISIS should finally roll out its mobile payment system in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas sometime in September. […]

Google Wallet Will Support Third Party Passes, Loyalty Cards

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Google Wallet will soon move past simply storing credit cards to storing other types of cards like airline passes, loyalty cards, and even ID cards. According to Mobileburn Google discussed the features in a Google Developers Q&A YouTube video (below). In the video product head of Google Wallet Robin Dua confirmed that Google Wallet will move beyond […]

Four Major Carriers Join Google In Mobile Payments Committee

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AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile are all joining the Mobile Payments Committee along with Google and other companies to help make mobile payments better. According to VentureBeat, the MPC is part of the trade group Electronic Transactions Association. The committee now has representatives from the four major carriers, Google, PayPal, Intuit, Verifone, and ISIS (which […]

American Express Did Not Agree to Join Google Wallet

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It looks like in updating its Google Wallet app earlier this week to finally support all major debit and credit cards, Google may have jumped the gun as card service American Express claims that it never agreed to be part of Google’s mobile wallet app. The app, which is available for select smartphones on Sprint’s […]

Google Wallet Lets You Pay with Any Credit or Debit Card

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Google is trying to make mobile payments better with an update to Google Wallet that lets users add any credit card to the service. Google announced the new update on the Google Commerce blog. Starting today Google Wallet users can put any credit or debit card they own into the service. Users simply need to […]

Google Wallet Hack Brings Support for Verizon Galaxy S III

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While Google Wallet support for the Verizon Galaxy S III remains unofficial, a hack has made the service available to those that wish to use it on the device. Mike Beauchamp and Dustin Evans have, according to Engadget, successfully gotten Google Wallet up and running on the Verizon version of the Galaxy S III, a […]

T-Mobile Rumored to Launch Mobile Payment Service on August 20

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Google Wallet, which so far is only available on select unlocked smartphones and tablets as well as Android phones sold through U.S. carrier partner Sprint, is about to get some serious competition in the mobile payment arena. According to the latest leaks, ISIS, which is a consortium of carriers comprised of AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and […]

Google Confirms HTC EVO 4G LTE Software Issue

Google Confirms HTC EVO 4G LTE Software Issue

Google has confirmed that Google Wallet isn’t working properly on some HTC EVO 4G LTE devices and the company now says that there is a software issue that needs to be worked out. The company confirmed the news to The Verge saying that complaints from HTC EVO 4G LTE owners about Google Wallet not working […]

Did Google Update Google Wallet App in Preparation for Nexus 7 Tablet?

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It looks like the Google’s mobile wallet app just received an update on Google’s Play Store. The Google Wallet app is now available for download and though Google did not detail all the features of its NFC-enabled payment app, it does hint at what Google may have in store for a Google I/O announcement this […]

Are You Getting Google Wallet With the New Update on Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus?

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Those who have received their OTA update notification to download and install the long awaited Android 4.0.4 software update to their Verizon Wireless 4G LTE-capable Galaxy Nexus smartphone are reporting that on some devices are able to download and install Google Wallet directly from the Google Play Store without any modification or tweaks. It’s been […]

Simple Hardware Restore Bricking Google Wallet, NFC on Select Devices?

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It appears that while the promise of contact-less payment through Google Wallet is the dream of the future, the NFC technology that drives digital mobile wallet and payment technologies is not without its own set of growing pains. Some users of the Google Wallet service on the Android platform have noticed problems with getting Google […]

Virgin Mobile LG Optimus Elite Give Users $25 Google Wallet Credit

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Virgin Mobile is giving new LG Optimus Elite buyers some extra cash to go along with their new phone. From now until July 18, new LG Optimus Elite users can activate Google Wallet on their phones to receive $25 for the service. The money comes in the form of a prepaid card, but users need […]

LG Optimus Elite Hitting Virgin Mobile with NFC on May 15th

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Virgin Mobile has announced its first NFC-powered device, the LG Optimus Elite, which will be headed to the carrier in mid-May. The LG Optimus Elite is going to be Virgin Mobile’s first device that features Near-Field Communication abilities which means it will be the first device in Virgin’s lineup that is compatible with services like […]

Sprint Galaxy Nexus Launches April 22nd, Pre-order Today

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Sprint announced that the Galaxy Nexus will launch on April 22nd, for $199 on the only remaining national carrier to offer new Unlimited plans. The Galaxy Nexus launched on Verizon in 2011, and remains one of a few phones to offer stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (Read: Galaxy Nexus Review) Sprint customers can pre-order the […]

Google Might Be Willing To Pay Carriers To Support Google Wallet

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After a few months on the market Google Wallet hasn’t exactly taken off. Google wants to change that, and it’s not afraid to pay carriers to grow Google Wallet’s usage. According to Bloomberg, people familiar with the matter say that Google is talking to Verizon and AT&T about offering them a cut of Google Wallet’s […]

Google Wallet No Longer Supports Rooted Phones

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Following a number of security flaws in Google Wallet, Google has decided to take support away from some phones. Google Wallet will no longer work on rooted smartphones, so users who want to use Google Wallet have to stick to the official Android build on their phones. Now, if you try to use the service […]

Google Wallet Coming to 10 More Sprint Android Phones in 2012

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At a panel at Mobile World Congress, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint announced that it will be launching at least ten new Android smartphones with support for Google’s mobile payment service called Google Wallet. On smartphones, Google Wallet makes use of near field communications, or NFC, technology. Users with a compatible NFC-enabled phone, for example, can […]