Verizon responds to FCC complaint regarding ‘blocking’ of Google Wallet; It’s Google’s problem

It’s been a long battle between Google and their Wallet app and NFC-equipped Verizon devices. It turns out that Verizon is now blaming Google itself as to the reason why it’s not working save for a few unlocked devices, citing specifically issues with devices ‘secure element.’ According to a letter from Verizon in response to XDA member Josh995’s complaint to the FCCVerizon goes on to explain that Google Wallet is different than other m-commerce services such as Square, PayPal, or the Starbucks card.

The difference Verizon is referring to lies in the fact that Google Wallet accesses the device’s ‘secure element’ as mentioned earlier, and does not simply access the operating system. This ‘secure element,’ according to Verizon, is a proprietary and secure piece of hardware built into some devices and is separate from the device’s operating system.  Verizon finally mentions that Google is free to offer the application in a manner that doesn’t require the app to access this secure element. I’m not sure as to the validity of this reason or excuse from Verizon since they did block the app at one time, even though they denied it. Regardless, Google, it’s your play.

source:  XDA Forums

About the Author: Sean Stewart

Born in Tennessee yet raised in Florida, Sean is an analyst now living back in Tennessee. His love for gadgets and electronics began in the early 90’s when he received a Sony Walkman for Christmas. At the time, he felt the cassette tape playing, Mega-Bass wielding, three-band equalizer piece of electronics was as good as it'll ever get. There was also the original Nintendo which consumed countless hours of his youth, followed by every follow-up version, a Sega Genesis, PlayStations, and Xboxes. He was a little late to the smartphone party however, not being exposed to one until running a jail-broken, 2nd Gen iPhone on T-Mobile’s network. His phone of choice now is the Galaxy Nexus. He spends most of his free time with his wife and two daughters.

  • raitchison

    Not a surprising response of course.

    I still don’t understand why Google is cowing to the carriers in their blatant anti competitive BS. It’s completely within their power to make Google Wallet available and working on every NFC enabled Android phone via the market. I mean what is Verizon going to do? Are they going to block all Android devices from their network? Maybe they will stop selling Android phones? I find either scenario unlikely.