News by Andrew Kameka on Monday October 22, 2012.
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Google has announced that MetroPCS has joined Sprint as the latest carrier to fully support its Google Wallet initiative. Google also changed its website to indicate that more changes are on the way. Sprint, the only major carrier not participating in the Isis mobile payment joint venture, is coincidentally the only carrier, along with its Virgin Mobile prepaid brand, that fully supports Google Wallet. Well, at least it was until today when MetroPCS owners with the Samsung Galaxy S III gained support for the device. Galaxy S III buyers can download Google Wallet from Google Play to begin making purchases with their phone.
While not directly related, there's more interesting news on the horizon from Google Wallet based on a change to its official website. Business Insider points out that the Google Wallet website now says, "The next version of Google Wallet, coming soon." When users click a link to request more information, it asks if the user has an Android, iPhone, or Other device. Could that be a sign that Google might expand Wallet beyond Android phones, which currently have limited access to the Wallet app? It's possible that Google may explore non-NFC options for mobile payments like the options deployed by PayPal and Square. That would be the quickest way, other than distributing free NFC stickers or cases that consumers could place on the back of their phone, to add compatibility.source: Google Wallet, via: Twitter
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