After the outcry of emotions in response to Verizon’s decision to keep Google Wallet away from the Galaxy Nexus, Big Red has come forward with a statement that kind-of sort-of sets the record straight.
According to the statement, the first thing that needs to be kept in mind is that “Verizon does not block applications.” At least not normal applications.
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.VerizonStatement on Google Wallet
The one keyword to pay attention to in the statement is secure. It appears that Verizon is going to be initially holding off on Google Wallet due to security concerns. Of course, Google didn’t mention this in any of the statements they’ve released on they subject, but it is a very valid concern for carriers. Especially when your customers’ pocket books are on the line.
So are Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all keeping Google Wallet off their Nexus devices because of security concerns? Or does it have more to do with ISIS than Verizon is letting on? Whether it will ever be said or not, there’s a good chance it has quite a bit to do with both.
There’s no getting around the fact that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all have a hand in ISIS and NFC payments. And Google Wallet is a direct competitor. Plain and simple. Security is a very valid concern, but it’s also a very valid excuse. Can’t you see it now? Verizon doesn’t have the same kind of security questions with ISIS as they do with Google Wallet, because they’ve worked so closely with ISIS. Who, again, just so happens to be a direct competitor to the app they aren’t initially allowing on their phone.
It’s possible that the entire situation is being blown out of proportion at this point, but there’s a lot of questions under the surface that could seriously impact the way mobile freedom plays out down the road. As the Verizon issued statement says, they are still in talks with Google. Meaning this thing is far from over.