Dec 06 AT 8:43 AM Dustin Earley 116 Comments

Verizon Galaxy Nexus won’t support Google Wallet


The Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will come with a small amount of carrier related bloatware. We’ve discussed this fact before here at Android and Me, but today it needs to be brought up again. Because not only will Verizon be adding carrier related apps to the pure Google experience device, they’ll be taking some away.

Computer World has received word from a Google representative that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will not be able to use Google Wallet. No hard details on the situation were given, just that it was Verizon’s choice. As heartbreaking as it may be, it does make sense.

Verizon (along with T-Mobile, AT&T, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) has been working to launch an NFC powered payment system of their own backed by ISIS. Letting Google put Google Wallet on the Galaxy Nexus would be bad for business, giving Google a head start. The same goes for AT&T and T-Mobile. Both Ma Bell and Magenta have a Wallet capable Nexus of their own, but only the non-ISIS supporting Sprint’s Nexus S has the app. And it just may be that way for quite some time.

At this point, you may be wondering if the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is even worth it. If Verizon can control the apps that come with or stay off the device, why bother? Thankfully, there’s still a very good reason to buy a Verizon branded Nexus. Google will be controlling the updates.

So even though you won’t be seeing Google Wallet anytime soon, you can always disable those pesky Verizon apps, and be happy that your device is first in line when big updates hit the airwaves.

Via: Droid Life

Source: Computer World

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • dl22

    I don’t think “we’ll” have annnny trouble getting google wallet on there…

    • faun

      Then again Verizon would still win market-share by getting their software on by default (IE all over again).

      Make no mistake, there’s a race to get a platform in place for NFC mobile payments and winning it will be worth absolutely staggering amounts of money in years to come.


    I am feeling more and more positive everyday with my decision to import mines. Pure 100 percent untouched Android, a true Nexus device. While this Verizon version looks less and less like a true Nexus device and more like VerizOn Galxay S2

    • Anthony44

      BiG Merf
      I gave +1 well said, those can disagree but this isn’t really a nexus. Verizon even took Google off the back?

      • BiGMERF

        Exactly… Bloat added, apps blocked, Google removed from rear in favor of carrier branding, may find out more once released. Those that disagree are real fanboys of Verizon who are blinded and cant comes to terms with the truth.

        • bruce080

          It’s not so much that we disagree with you, it’s that we don’t care enough to import one. It sucks that it’s not a “true” nexus device, but it’s as close as us Verizon customers will get. Not all customers will go to such great lengths to purchase a phone.

          • Chad

            Well that …and if you are on Verizon you couldn’t import one anyway even if you wanted to because they only come in the GSM flavor, T-Mobile and AT&T only in the States

          • BiGMERF

            What I said was directed at those that defend and get offended when some one says its not a true Nexus device. Those that have to terms with it, need not take

        • james bricknell

          its just another example of how much power you allow your carriers to have. we don’t get that in the UK. whether you buy carrier branded or not is up to you. same price so no difference. why would you want a branded phone? i know i dont

      • ben steel

        Verizon took it off….?
        I would disagree… guess is the Google told them they can’t use it if they were going to contaminate the device altering the intended design and functionality.
        Once again Verizon would rather move in the direction that is positive for their shareholders, than show even a little good will to even a relatively small select group of customer.

        • BiGMERF

          I will plus one your statement ! I dont blame Verizon for any of it, truthfully.They are a business and if they got Google to bend, then Kudos to them. I blame Google for selling out and blowing an opportunity to make a stand for its most loyal followers. The Android community

        • Rollo

          Duh. Of course Verizon would rather move in a direction that is positive for their shareholders. It is a public company, the shareholders own it.
          And if they showed that good will, would they benefit from it? Ever? That same small group also hacks on tethering programs (so Verizon doesn’t get the added revenue). That same small group removes the Verizon programs that make Verizon money. That same small group looks for every hack that can save them money. Would that same small group show any good will to Verizon?

          I am part of that same small group. I don’t expect Verizon to help me (I will do it on my own), why do you?

    • Chad

      +1 given as well, I was thinking of jumping ship and going VZW but last Saturday I decided to import mine as well and it’s beginning to look like I made the right decision. What’s the point of having a Nexus, a pure Google experience and not being able to have access to ALL of Google’s services. UPS says it’ll be here tomorrow 12/7.. in the words of Bart Scott “Can’t Wait!” :)

      • BiGMERF

        Bart Scott?!! you a Jets fan?! If you are I am too !!! :)

        • Chad

          Haha nope, the only reason why I remember that quote is because my Pittsburgh Steelers made him eat his words that following week in the AFC Championship game haha sorry bro :)

          • BiGMERF

            AH OK..Like Tbow did to Revis.. SMH

          • Chad

            Haha yea I guess so. I’m rooting for Tbow, but I am a Revis fan, we grew up in rival high schools he graduated a year before I did, I played basketball with him growing up many of summers at a park near our hometowns cool guy always down to earth dude but is very competitive still got the signed football gloves he gave me that he wore while he was at Pitt sitting in my office now.

    • DroidPWNsApple

      Even if Verizon is my service provider, if I ordered a galaxy nexus from oversea’s could i get service through verizon and have a true nexus device?

    • stenzor

      It would be great if Google was a carrier as well… then none of these delays and crappy alterations would happen

    • kevin charliethesuperturtle

      Another reason to buy unlocked
      Tmobile $30 plan here I come (of course with google voice I can’t live on a 100 minutes)

  • Darknight42020

    Meh, the community will devise a work around like always. I’m on Tmobile and had to do the same for the Nexus S. It will just be an inconvenance for a short while.

  • NegativeOne13

    First thing that gets done to most phones…. stock carrier bs apps are removed. Not worried about the VZW bloat. Google Wallet will eventually come, no doubt.

  • mikeyDroid

    I’m really getting tired of how many “features” have been stripped from this phone as we wait for it to release.

  • Louis Atu

    It’s not strange to me, I knew there was gonna be some sort of a carrier bloatware. It’s always money over customers. I don’t really think we will really ever have a “pure” google phone.

  • Geewhipped

    There’s a difference between “unable to run google wallet” and “google wallet doesn’t come pre-installed”
    My understanding is that there is a way to shoehorn Wallet on to the nexus, and that’s what I’ll be attempting to do.
    VZW, I hope you can see my middle finger gesture, I’m doing it as hard as I can.

    • nero

      I’m sure VZW is offended at your bird flippage as they collect a monthly payment from you. Vote with your dollars, people..

      • Geewhipped

        If any of the other carriers had network coverage even 2/3 as good as VZW in the areas where I need service, I’d consider them.
        Besides, Sprint is the only company (of the Big 4) that isn’t a part of ISIS (and, hence, will allow Wallet to run… AT&T and T-Mobile will not be pre-installing GW on any phones, either) and their coverage is crap around here.
        The fact is that the big 4 are all dirtbags in one way or another and you have to pick the lesser evil. I pick VZW because they work well but it doesn’t take away my ability to bitch to them about stuff like this. We give them about $3k/month here…so we aren’t their biggest customer by a long shot… but they still listen when I complain.

  • drauks

    A lot of people saying that the community will fix it anyway. that may be true, but only for a small part of the users. The average user won’t know how to fix it and therefor these kinds of limitations is slowing down the technology.

    • NegativeOne13

      Partially correct. Some users just want a phone… stable smooth running phone. Don’t care whats on it, just wants a phone. Others want it because of the Nexus name, and what Nexus represents. To me I forsee the Android devs and junkies getting this phone, and compensate for the regular phone users. And for anyone that really isn’t into development, there are many resources available. Best way to learn something, read and understand before execution.

      • NamelessTed

        But there is also an audience that want a pure Android experience from Google without all the bullshit. Sure, people CAN install Cyanogenmod if they want, but why should they have to? People don’t like having features taken away, and bullshit programs added just because Verizon chooses to do so. People have the right to get a clean phone and do with it what they choose. The Nexus line is supposed to be that. But now Verizon has ruined that for the people that don’t want to void warranty and go through the hassle of rooting and installing custom ROMs.

        • oddball

          Yes but one of the features of ICS is the ability to disable apps without root. That Verizon bloatware will be the first to go. And yes this is more of the same from Verizon but honestly it’s always going to be a trade off until someone can match their pricing (my employer has a good corporate discount) and coverage. At least Google will be controlling updates and I can modify the phone if I want.

          • NamelessTed

            Are we sure people will have the ability to uninstall those programs? I obviously haven’t seen the Galaxy Nexus, but I know that on other phones, like the Thunderbolt, Verizon doesn’t allow you to uninstall any of their pre-install applications.

            If this isn’t the case for the Galaxy Nexus, then I guess that is a step in the right direction. I got a friend of mine to switch from iPhone to Android and one of the things he said was most frustrating was that he couldn’t just uninstall apps that he didn’t want.

  • Rick Morayniss

    What about using the Nexus in Canada, Both Rogers and Bell have it, will wallet work here?

  • ben dover

    I’m so glad the att version passed through the fcc recently because this verizon version is looking less and less appealing!

    Let’s just hope att keeps their hands off this thing and sells a Nexus device the way a Nexus device is suppose to be sold!

    • Shadowlore

      Based on the current deployment plans that AT&T and VZW are pushing for ISIS, I’ll be surprised if the AT&T variant doesn’t also have Google Wallet disabled as well.

      My neighbor and I (he’s actually working with NFC based tech right now) discussed this situation this morning while warming our cars up (freaking cold in the midwest right now) and he’s said he’s seen the name ISIS more than he cares to.. and we both commented with a chuckle, that ‘ISIS’ was the name of a somewhat shady operation in the TV Show Smallville ;)

      Still, I fully expect any device that’s in the US, and not on Sprint to have their NFC ‘technology’ tampered with to support ISIS over G-Wallet.

      Luckily for all of us, installing Wallet is always an option we can exercise at our own discretion.

    • phor11

      Hope you like CarrierIQ, because AT&T sure does.

      • ben dover

        google doesn’t use CarrierIQ on their Nexus phones.

        Even if they did, cyanogenmod doesn’t.

  • Anon

    Have google controlled updates been confirmed by Verizon or google? Things seem to be headed in the wrong direction. Hopefully we are done with the bad surprises.

  • Anon

    What exactly does nexus stand for now?

    • SCJaredJ

      Just what I was thinking. Seems like we’re entering into a shift in the Nexus line. The google updates are great…and perhaps the best thing about the phone…but they’re slowly moving towards normal phones in other ways.

    • Futureboy

      Keep in mind that this is a carrier decision, not a Google decision for the Nexus line of devices. Nexus still stands for a pure Google experience. It’s Verizon who is ruining the pure experience for it’s customers.

  • alxrock

    Did anyone explain to Verizon what the Nexus is all about?
    I would expect this crap down the road, but for the First carrier to launch the Galaxy Nexus?
    WTF Verizon?

  • dcormier

    Hang on just a minute. So if Verizon is blocking it, then why can’t I get it on my international, unlocked version of the phone? Seems to me that (at least in part) Google is keeping it to a smaller user base for now with just the Nexus S while they iron things out and get more places where you can use the payment system.

  • mclarensr

    Is there an official release date for the phone yet? Yeah, thought so.

  • dafi81

    The future will show – at the moment who cares

  • Anon

    Anti competitive policies are bad for the consumer. We need help from congress.

    • dcormier

      Vote with your dollars. Get the phone somewhere else.

  • Anon

    Wbat about the sticker? Will Verizon prevent us from getting the app from the market?

  • Dan Jones

    They’re not disabling the chip, though, are they? If not, couldn’t you easily install Google Wallet from the Market, in that case?

    • Sean Riley

      No they aren’t actually disabling the functionality of the NFC chip. As Dustin said in the post they just want to use it for the service that they are backing.

  • Brandon Peters

    This is anti competitive and should not be allowed, why is GOOGLE bending over to these carriers, people have the right to CHOOSE

    • phor11

      I agree. How can VZW possibly think it’s legal to prevent a competing service from functioning?
      Not pre-loading the software is one thing, but actively blocking it is the epitome of anti-competitive behavior. Congress needs to get on this asap.

  • YMS123

    “Nexus” is supposed to mean pure Google, no carrier meddling. This phone has gone from “Galaxy Nexus” to “Verizon Nexus” , or maybe the “Verizon Nixed-us”

  • JLishere

    Verizon bloatware. No Google Wallet. Ugly white & red packaging. At this point, US customers should just call it the Verizon Galaxy, or try to import an international version that’s actually worthy of the name Nexus.

    • thekaz

      okay, I am with you on the first two, but… are you slamming them for the packaging it comes in?

  • thekaz

    I gotta research this ISIS stuff VZW is part of.. I’d prefer to have Google Wallet on there, and I also think it sucks that VZW is blocking it (or not pre-loading, or whatever the situation is), but if ISIS will give me NFC payments, maybe I’d be okay with that…?

  • Geewhipped

    I wanna know what ever happened to this story:
    and wouldn’t that same agreement apply to stuff like this?

  • Diaeko

    :O :O
    that sucks

  • Mike Hanel

    left VZW two years ago because of their outrageous prices, went to spring and realized why vzw charged those prices cause Sprint was almost unusable unless i was standing still outside somewhere… then last month went to T-mobile and am now saving a butt load of $$ and have great service almost anywhere… I want this phone really bad (miss my old Nexus S) so I hope T-mobile gets it or I can get one for under $700 in the US sometime in the next couple months. I don’t feel like paying about $100 more a month for about the same service (minus the LTE of course)

  • Mike Hanel

    got sidetracked there a min… I only got to use google wallet for about a week before I switched to t-mobile but when I did use it it was cool as hell. The lady at Sheetz was like “WTF?” when I used my cell to pay for my morning coffee… VZW needs to get their act together

    • Geewhipped

      Is why I want Google Wallet, period :)

  • Inquizitor

    I’m not too worried, there are already some methods involving rooting to get around this limitation. Also, it’s not like I could use it in that many places yet, or even with my current credit card.

    It obviously sucks, but I have long since given up on thinking Verizon would ever do the right thing in any possible situation.

  • GeauxLSU

    On the plus side, it sounds like Verizon will be requesting that manufacturers have NFC chips in more phones that come out in 2012 and after.

  • Kaote

    No, no, no, Verizon this is not what a Nexus phone is meant to be. May as well remove the Nexus name and just relabel it as a DROID something.

  • NamelessTed

    It seems strange to me that Google would even allow Verizon to have so much control over the Galaxy Nexus. I thought the whole point of the Nexus line of phones was that they would be pure Google Android devices.

    What is the point of Google going out of their way to partner with a handset manufacturer to make a flagship device if they are just going to allow a carrier, like Verizon, to walk all over them by taking important features out and adding their own bloatware? To me, this makes the device much less valuable out of the box.

    You shouldn’t have to root and install Cyanogenmod to get a good Android experience. It is bad enough that this type of shit happens at all, it is even worse that it happens to the Nexus.

    • Kaote

      My guess is now that Verizon has the iPhone, Google made a few concessions. I’d prefer to see this release on T-Mobile, pretty sure they wouldnt jack it up like Verizon has.

  • faun

    I wonder if disagreements over this kind of software tie-in are one of the reasons for the late launch of the Nexus in the US.

    Will be very interested to see if Verizon actually actively pushes this phone and puts some marketing dollars behind it (ala the OG Droid). Somehow I doubt that they will.

    It’s looking increasingly like Google would get a better result launching Nexus devices in the US with some of the smaller, hungrier players.

  • mikesuds

    Seems obvious to me that one way or another we will be seeing this on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. I would say keep your eyes peeled for developments from XDA once it’s released…

  • BA

    I think I will just stick with my ns4g with wallet and soon to have ics. At least I have a true google phone that way until they release it on all carriers to see the differences.

  • tequilya

    My joy at finally having a Nexus device on the carrier I pretty much have to use in these parts has slowly, inexorably been soured by the endless delays and lack of information. Now I fear that Verizon’s pressure to poison the Nexus experience by first bloating it and now neutering it will scare Google away from ever daring to produce another Nexus for what has to be the most difficult carrier to work with.

    Curse you Verizon!

  • Kevin Amundson

    It is disappointing to see Verizon detracting from a true Google Android experience by removing Google’s very own apps.

  • dpleus

    I can get over the bloatware, but when they start disabling features because it’s going to compete with a product they own, or are looking to launch, it looks like another case of here we go again with Verizon tampering. It is one of the reasons I was never a fan of Verizon, being that they locked down the features of the phones on their service. Prime example, the original Motorola RAZR, the Verizon models had so many features disabled, e.g. Bluetooth file sharing, that the phone was not the same as a RAZR on Sprint or AT&T, that it was the main reason I stayed away from Verizon for so long. But when you can’t stand Sprint’s service, you can’t stand AT&T for their terrible customer service, and T-Mobile only has good coverage in my area as long as you stay withing 5 miles of the major highways and city areas, you have limited choices. I guess I was mistaken to think that Verizon could ever take a hands off approach to Android. I guess that’s where Apple had an advantage with the iPhone, in that it was the only phone they sold, and they didn’t need Verizon to carry their devices.

  • Marcus Nolasco

    Wow… like, really? Should this even be considered a Nexus device anymore? How could Verizon do something like that? This is ridiculous!

  • nwilliam3

    In the 90s Microsoft was slapped for not allowing users to uninstall IE, Apple has been called out for not allowing Google Voice on the iPhone, Google has been questioned for listing there own services too high in search results. Yet Verizon, bundles crapware with no way to uninstall it, blocks applications in favor of it own apps, and limits the spectrum on its phones so that customers can’t take them to other networks!

    What gives? Why hasn’t the Justice Department and congress stepped in here like they have with other tech companies? Verizon doesn’t have any more resources than Google, Apple and Microsoft!

  • Trinhbo

    Verizon is taking away features from what was supposed to be a “true” Android experience. Most price-conscious consumers have already established that $200 is standard for new phones on 2-year contracts. Verizon has gone against this and have started pushing new phones out at $249 or more! Then the Galaxy Nexus is rumored to be $300! It was supposed to be the first phone with ICS. With all of the delays and unannounced official release dates, the allure has started to fade. I’d almost rather wait for an official ICS update for the Galaxy S2 or some other phone. At least those phones can be bought for $100 right now. Verizon sure knows how to botch a launch.

  • Jarvis73

    It’s all about the money I think I’ll be getting the international version. Won’t be LTE fast but at least it’s a pure Google Experience

  • The_Diz

    Scumbag Verizon, gets their grubs on Pure Google and makes it dirty.

  • Billy

    That is interesting and helps explain why we are are seeing so little NFC on all these new android devices. Are we revving up for an NFC war!! Beta vs VHS or BRD vs HDVD for the young ones.

    Seems like Google has an uphill battle with so many people on the otherside.

    I would love to see a detailed post on NFC, how it works, competitors and the different varieties. (SD Card, Nexus Battery, internal controllers, ISIS vs GW etc…)

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  • Chris Miller

    Regardless of what Verizon calls this phone, it’s not a Nexus.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    So, in reality, the Verizon GN is not really a Nexus phone right? Google, I’m sure you had to make a decision and there must be a really good explanation for all of this, but really, this sucks, and you guys should know that. I’m in no rush to get this phone, but the idea of importing from EU, even including the extra cash, just looks more and more appealing.

    That, or lets wait to see what comes of the GN on the other carriers once it gets there.

  • zyphbear

    while it may not come automatically, I think we should be able to download it at will, which may have to be the first thing I get when I finally get my GN. That needs to be the difference, allow it to be downloaded just like any other app.

  • kest009

    so at this moment only one of the major US carriers that will allow Google Wallet on any device is Sprint…can we get a time of death called for GWallet?? I understand that most of the people on this site can put it on most phones with an NFC chip, but it will not get the traction that it needs in the marketplace if it has 3 of the 4 major carriers against it, carriers have way too much control…

  • dcdttu

    You sure the Verizon branded Nexus will be the first to get updates? If the release is any indication, the GSM will get updated a month earlier at minimum before Verizon ‘allows’ the update to go on ‘their’ phone.

    Why didn’t Google just release the GSM version for T-Mobile like they did before???

  • Trevor Cameron

    Seriously?!?! I’m sure this is the reason that has taken so long to get a Nexus device on Verizon. The reason that I have been avoiding Verizon as long as I possibly can is because they are just like Apple. Too much control over everything that they put their logo on. The reason we all love Android is the lack of control. The fact that they would do this is a true tragedy. I can’t wait for the first post I see showing Google wallet working on a Galaxy Nexus!

  • Nate B.

    I hope Google realized they failed with this device business wise again.

  • mvndaai

    I hate the red devil. Nexus devices are supposed to be free of the tyranny of carriers!

  • Jeb

    ARGH! why!???! has Verizon not seen what happened to the PC industry? Bloat-ware is very bad if want people to buy your products. Though it doesn’t seem to stop anyone from doing just that.

    Thanks Google for giving us the ability to disable these pointless and insane apps.

  • ndub21

    Why can’t all the companies just get along and agree on one system? Can’t we all just get along?

    Google definitely has the head start, but there are so many other companies backing ISIS that they could come back. Personally I’m rooting for Google, just because I can. Plus I like Google services, I use almost every one they offer. This reminds me of the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD showdown. I picked the wrong side in that one, but all I bought was the add-on for my Xbox 360. The real answer is for the payment points to accept both options, then it won’t matter which one you have. It’ll be like MasterCard & Visa, both accepted basically everywhere.

    Go Google!

  • Kam_Pewter

    Glad I jumped ship on VZW in favor of a Sprint GS2. Google Wallet was the only thing tempting me about the Galaxy Nexus and now that’s gone.

  • auronblue

    I understand the outrage at Verizon for installing the bloatware, even if the ones they included are at least useful. I also understand the anger at the exclusion of Google Wallet, the VZ branding on the back, etc. But I have to say that as a long time Verizon customer, I am thrilled that we are finally getting a Nexus. I can overlook all of those issues because I will have the following:

    Ice Cream Sandwich
    Verizon dependability and LTE speeds (which are awesome in my area)
    Updates direct from Google
    No manufacturer skins

    I can always disable the VZ bloatware and I don’t really care about the branding on the back. NFC is not that widespread in my area yet and by the time it is, I’m sure Google Wallet will have found its way onto the Nexus. Not a big deal to me.

    Sure it’s a compromise and there are those who have argued that it’s not a true Nexus because of this. Either way it is a fantastic device on a network that meets all my needs. That’s all I need.

  • xoldier

    The biggest fail in Android history so far: Google giving Verizon the Galaxy Nexus exclusivity. Long story short, Verizon is acting nothing short of evil. I am not saying this just because of the Google Wallet Snub. I can explain but don’t want to raise my blood pressure to violent extremes.

    Got my Unlocked Nexus from UK and I can say that it does not disappoint. Like many of you, I am one of the first Android supporters and this is the first time ever I can say that the latest from Android provides a far better end user experience than the latest from Apple. First time I can say in all honest that Galaxy Nexus, blows 4S out of the water.

    No if only Google knew how to launch products.

  • eioous

    A Nexus on Verizon …..What a waste.

  • mikef3j

    Buy it… root it… delete the bloat. Don’t care if it comes in a brown paper bag. The packaging just shows another cheap a$$ angle by VZW and really what do you do with it after you pull the phone out anyways?

    Can’t wait!!!

    • Emmanuel Lazcano

      Verizon is so cheap for a cellphone provider that is so expensive. I seriously would leave them if I wasn’t grandfathered in for unlimited data. I was really looking towards this phone coming out but eh :/.

  • jsweetser2

    Thankfully Tmobile has not done anything stupid with their Nexus phones so far. I’m glad i’m waiting for the Tmo version, because i don’t want to root if i don’t have to. Though it’s easier and safer now to root, I’d rather just get a stock device and not have to worry about it.

  • issac4760

    Im sure they will get the Google wallet later in time. This is no problem most carriers dont it anyways.

  • Ironzey Lewis

    For the next Nexus Google should sell the phones themselves like they did with the Nexus One.

    Yeah, everyone didn’t run out to buy it but I’m sure they sold a ton of phones. I’d buy one directly from google for full price. I’m sure many others would do the same.

  • the5thdimension

    This whole Galaxy Nexus thing has been torture! I stood in line for the G1. I own a Nexus One, and Nexus S. Sure there are many great Android phones out there, but if it ain’t Nexus, it ain’t for me. I’m on T-Mobile and I don’t only want this phone, but I need this phone in my life. I briefly thought about switching to Verizon, then I snapped back to reality. I’ve also been contemplating importing it, but $750? That’s a lot of guap for a phone.

    Verizon doesn’t even deserve to sell this phone. They’re totally doing it an injustice by the way they’re handling the launch, bloatware, blocking google wallet, removed google branding. Where will it end? I feel like a good majority of Verizon customers don’t even really understand or even care about what the Nexus line stands for and what it’s all about including Verizon itself.

    And what’s the big deal with this ISIS crap anyway. Why do the carriers feel like they need to push this on the consumer. Let the consumer decide what they want to use. They’re probably going to introduce ISIS as a paid service or some crap and don’t want you to use the FREE Google Wallet. Sprint has it’s own turn by turn navigation powered by Telenav, but you didn’t see them throwing that onto the Nexus S. If this ISIS crap is that serious, well then preload it along with Google Wallet and give me the option to choose which one I use along with the option of disabling ISIS. Actually No! What am I saying. Fuck ISIS! Leave that shit for the Droids, HTC’s, and Samsung’s with their Moto whatever they’re calling it now, Sense, and TouchWiz. There’s no room for that on a NEXUS device! NEXUS is NEXUS! NEXUS is GOOGLE! NEXUS is PURE ANDROID! In its PUREST form. The way it was intended to be.

    What I don’t understand is how Google lets this happen. You’ve already given manufacturers and carriers the ability to manipulate the greatest mobile OS known to man on pretty much every phone. Don’t give them the Nexus too! Stand firm! Put your foot down! Let them know this is the NEXUS and we don’t play that shit!

  • Ben Rodriguez

    this is devastating.

  • br14n

    I can now say with full confidence that I will never buy a verizon phone or move to their networks. I’m totally happy with Sprint and I’ll wait for this phone to come available at some point next year. Or a better nexus device. Whichever comes first.

  • Henry Gomes
  • Homncruse

    For the love of Bugdroid, get Verizon’s paws off the Nexus! It may not be entirely their fault, but they’ve made so many changes this isn’t really “pure” anymore. Do any of the changes they’ve made affect *most* buyers? No, but it’s simply the principle of the matter.

    If only importing the GSM pure Nexus wasn’t so prohibitively expensive. :(

  • Bryan Stoner
  • humidity

    This is horrible!

  • bigpar

    Verizon…please stop torturing me and just put some news out there…..

  • rkumarfun

    Really, Verizon…. Give us a break!!!!!1

  • Steve

    All of this fuss over two removable apps and the lack of google wallet? You guys are acting like Verizon put blur on the thing!

    I would rather have a Verizon LTE GN than a $700 gsm GN; two apps/google wallet doesn’t change my mind about that.

    I’ll give it two Weeks before google wallet is up and running on the thing anyway

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  • raymatt

    Ok, just got an iPhone 4 (because of price). Should I send it back and get this new Nexus? I really liked Android, iPhone works well (still don’t care for iTunes), but the screen just seems small after Droid X.

  • LukeT32

    I have only seen Google Wallet approved reader in one store out in LA. I don’t see me have much use for it in Iowa… so it won’t hinder my purchase decision.

  • Ismael Rodriguez

    This is the part when I mention that I gave up on the Nexus Prime already. It’s really not all that much better than the Galaxy S II. For the time being, I can live without NFC. And (supposedly), the GSII is suppose to get ICS eventually anyway. So…why all the long faces?

  • Matt

    I wish someone would gather all of Verizon into one place and blow them up. Google blesses them with launching their newest nexus device and not only do they want to bloat it up with their crap, but they want to eliminate Google Wallet? The reason half the people want the phone?? What’s next tell Google to load cupcake on it instead so it will be as inferior as the rest of their android lineup? Regardless of what the big red money monster wants, its not like those of us who are real android users wont just put it on there anyway :-)

  • Samar

    Hmm..dissapointed but wud have been nice to have.