Google Wallet: Sprint demand and iPhone 5 disregard

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Earlier this morning we touched on the subject about how Google Wallet is now starting to gain momentum thanks to the big three card companies offering support. Sprint it now seems believes that there is demand for this new payment system, as they are the first carrier to receive the new Google Wallet app. It does seem strange that a number of other phone makers are now supporting NFC, yet Apple still seems to disregard the technology for the iPhone 5.

The first phone to receive the app is the Nexus S 4G, for those who setup a new Google Prepaid Card with Citi MasterCard then you will be pleased to know that you will be given a free $10 credit on your card. It is hoped that little sweeteners like this will be able to persuade users to move over to the new payment system, but it will not be easy.

There are those who still much prefer to use cash, and took some people some time to comes to terms with using a debit/credit card instead – just think how hard it will be to ask them to now ditch these in favor of their smartphone instead? We can see that some Sprint and other carrier users will not buy into the whole Google Wallet thing, as one user on WebMasterWorld says that Panda is proof enough that Google can make mistakes.

Let’s say for one moment that Apple does backtrack and include NFC in the iPhone 5, then it will be interesting to see if one Google develops a Wallet app for iOS and two, would Apple accept it? We have seen in the past that there is no love lost between the two companies, so one would assume that the iPhone maker would go with a different payment option – such as the upcoming one from PayPal instead?
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