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Verizon denies blocking Google Wallet application


By The Drum Team, Editorial

December 7, 2011 | 2 min read

Mobile network operator Verizon Wireless has denied reports that it has blocked Google Wallet users, but has said that customers will not be able to use the application in the near future.

According to The Register, Verizon has denied blocking the application, and is currently discussing the secure payment system with Google, as it is seen as a competitor with its own Isis payment system.

“Google Wallet is different from other widely-available m-commerce services spokesman. 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,” a spokesperson for Google told The Register.

Trials of Isis, which has seen Verizon teams with AT&T and T Mobile for its development, are expected to begin early next year.

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