At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Google Wallet’s Vice President Osama Bedier stated that Sprint/Nextel would receive ten new phones that support said Google app this year.
Bedier, speaking at the “Mobile Money: Delivering Innovative Mobile Payment Services” segment, added that Google Wallet will support the new LG Viper, along with other smartphones later. Bedier added that Google is in talks with other carriers, device manufacturers, point-of-sale tech vendors, and various financial institutions in regards to expanding their Near Field Communications system.
“We believe the ecosystem has taken off,” Beier stated, according to Fiercemobile Content, adding that “tens of thousands of transaction terminals supporting Google Wallet are joining the network every month.” Fiercemobile also cites 22 U.S. retail chains that support Google Wallet – these include Jamba Juice, OfficeMax, American Eagle and Foot Locker, to name a few. There are also 300K Mastercard Paypass terminals, and Bedier pointed out that service is good in convenoence stores, but Google hopes to hopes to expand to more fast food restaurants.
Isis, the NFC “mobile wallet” joint venture between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile will go up against Google Wallet later this year, when trials commence in Salt Lake City and Austin, TX.
Sprint currently affords Google Wallet to Samsung’s Android-powered Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus users.