updated 05:35 pm EST, Thu March 1, 2012
Expands tap-and-pay support to additional devices
Sprint will be adding to the number of its devices supporting Google Wallet. The wireless carrier used a panel discussion at the Mobile World Congress to reveal that it will offer support for the NFC-based mobile payment app on at least ten more smartphones or tablets during the course of 2012. Sprint currently has made the mobile payment system available on the Nexus S 4G and will support it on their soon to be released version of the Galaxy Nexus.
Sprint is currently the only US carrier to offer Google Wallet. With it, users can make purchases simply by tapping their NFC-equipped Android phones against special point of sales terminals. Google has just 22 US retailers using the technology, but hopes to add more. The other three major US wireless providers, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, all have invested in Isis, a competing tap-and-pay system. That joint venture's solution, Isis Mobile Wallet, is scheduled to roll out this summer.
In January, Sprint confirmed that its forthcoming LG Viper will also support Google Wallet. The company did not identify which other devices would be enabled. [via FierceMobileContent]