Verizon says it is not blocking Google Wallet

There has been a lot of noise on the Internet today about Verizon blocking Google Wallet that has gotten many individuals a bit perturbed. In a statement issued to Neowin by Verizon, Jeffrey Nelson makes it clear that Verizon does not block applications.

The statement is posted below and came from Jeffrey Nelson, a Verizon spokesperson:

Recent reports that Verizon is blocking Google Wallet on our devices are false. Verizon does not block applications.

Google Wallet is different from other widely-available m-commerce services. Google Wallet does not simply access the operating system and basic hardware of our phones like thousands of other applications.  Instead, in order to work as architected by Google, Google Wallet needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones.

We are continuing our commercial discussions with Google on this issue.

The statement is a bit ambiguous as it states that they are not blocking the features but at the same time states that it is not implemented. It appears that the feature is not blocked, but at this time, Verizon is not able to support it up front because of the additional technical requirements of Google Wallet. As such, they are working with Google to overcome this issue and it would appear that the feature will hopefully arrive on the device in the near future.

We have asked Verizon to confirm our interpretation of the statement that the feature is in fact available, but not turned on at the moment until technical hurdles can be overcome.

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Nothing to do with Verizon backing ISIS, right? Give me a break. This is your typical anti-competitive practice, not some tech issue.

His statement is typical double speak. Verizon may not have blocked the "software app" for it, but they sure as hell blocked other necessary components.

His comment makes no sense. When he says it needs to be integrated in a new proprietary hardware element in the phones. So since it;s already integrated in the phones hardware then why isn't it on the phone?

If it requires a new and proprietary hardware element, how would the feature be released on the device in the future?

This being Verizon, I wouldn't be surprised at all if they were blocking it. I like Verizon's service, but they're not the greatest at making things like this available if they can't charge for it.

M_Lyons10 said,
If it requires a new and proprietary hardware element, how would the feature be released on the device in the future?

This being Verizon, I wouldn't be surprised at all if they were blocking it. I like Verizon's service, but they're not the greatest at making things like this available if they can't charge for it.

AT&T stripped their Galaxy S 2 of the ability to use the hardware NFC features that would make Google Wallet accessible.

I doubt there is any issue. I think Verizon is dragging their feet the same way game makers drag their feet with PC releases.

I still don't like the idea of using our phones as payments. It may sound and look cool but where is the added security? I mean if you loose your card or if it gets stolen you would just call up your bank and cancel the card. Maybe fill out a fraud report. Plus if your card has the paypass logo on it you can do the same thing as Google wallet does. (assuming the merchant have the proper card reader)

also to add on, I'm with a credit union. I like the idea of having money stay in the community and not be charged fees to make some munkie monks happy on wall street.

Hmmm while I dont use my Nesus' NFC enhancement with Google Wallet I do use it to be able to check my credit card balances as its very conveinient to have. However to refute the security claim, my device is first locked at the home screen and then the Google Wallet app requires you to enter your pincode in each time you want to check any CC's.
I too am not ready for that type of payment just yet - I dont like how easy it makes it to pay for things. I dont have money to burn like that

este said,
Hmmm while I dont use my Nesus' NFC enhancement with Google Wallet I do use it to be able to check my credit card balances as its very conveinient to have. However to refute the security claim, my device is first locked at the home screen and then the Google Wallet app requires you to enter your pincode in each time you want to check any CC's.
I too am not ready for that type of payment just yet - I dont like how easy it makes it to pay for things. I dont have money to burn like that

with me, my credit union has an app that I can use top check my balance. most major banks now do.

CMG_90 said,
I still don't like the idea of using our phones as payments. It may sound and look cool but where is the added security? I mean if you loose your card or if it gets stolen you would just call up your bank and cancel the card. Maybe fill out a fraud report. Plus if your card has the paypass logo on it you can do the same thing as Google wallet does. (assuming the merchant have the proper card reader)
Just as secure as a regular CC (has a PIN). http://www.google.com/wallet/how-it-works-security.html

Since you attach cards to it (it's not a bank), you can cancel those as you normally would.