Verizon holds up Samsung Nexus Prime because of Google WalletFeature Rumor
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 14th, 2011 at 12:21 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Verizon holds up Samsung Nexus Prime because of Google Wallet
Last week Google and Samsung jointly announced that they were canceling their “unpacked event” that was set to unveil the NFC-capable Samsung Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich. Rumors swirled around that the reason was a patent dispute, but our sources close to the matter are telling us a different story, which to us makes a lot more sense. As you will have gathered from the title, the issue is in fact with Verizon. Can you guess what it is?
The Samsung Nexus Prime Google Wallet fight with Verizon
Yes, it’s the green eyed monster that turns reasonable human beings into trolls when the magical words NFC payments is mentioned. Verizon reportedly will not allow Google Wallet on their network, and in turn El Goog may not allow the Samsung Nexus Prime to hit Verizon without it. Isis strikes again as yet another member impedes NFC from taking off and hurting the nascent industry. Apparently Google, Samsung and Verizon are still attempting to negotiate things out for acceptable terms, but Verizon is acting as a stick in the mud. Isis members want to control every aspect of NFC payments via NFC mobile wallets and the Google Wallet threatens them and their “Open Ecosystem” which isn’t really an open ecosystem at all.
Samsung Nexus Prime may not launch on Verizon
We have reliable sources on this story and they are telling us that things have got so bad that the Samsung Nexus Prime may not launch on Verizon at all which leaves Verizon without a hero phone to compete against AT&T and T-Mobile. Don’t sweat it, fellow NFC fans, as we are also being told that a GSM version is already being manufactured and this whole mess that is hurting NFC may end up with a multi-carrier launch after all, so no getting tied in to Verizon. Big Red isn’t helping anyone at this point – not industry stakeholders, not consumers and arguably not themselves as they now face a situation where they will not have any killer NFC smartphones to compete with nemesis / Isis bedmate AT&T who are already slaying Verizon stating they have better LTE. We will know more on Tuesday evening when Samsung and Google unveil both the Samsung Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich. Thanks Verizon for looking after consumers who want the Samsung Nexus Prime and NFC!