Google Wallet’s Vice President Osama Bedier said United States carrier Sprint Nextel would receive 10 additional phones with Google Wallet support this year.
Bedier spoke at “Mobile World Congress 2012” show in Barcelona this week during the “Mobile Money: Delivering Innovative Mobile Payment Services” panel. He said Google Wallet support is expanding to the upcoming LG Viper this spring with roll outs slated for a suite of additional smartphones soon after…
The VP also mentioned Google is actively discussing with other carriers, device manufacturers, point-of-sale technology vendors, and financial institutions about expanding the Near Field Communications tap-and-pay system.
“We believe the ecosystem has taken off,” said Bedier, according to FierceMobile Content, which also cited 22 U.S. retail chains now support Google Wallet, including Jamba Juice, OfficeMax, American Eagle, and Foot Locker. Moreover, there are over 300,000 active MasterCard PayPass merchant terminals with tens of thousands more joining every month. Bedier said the service is stronger among convenience stores, but it is successfully eyeing fast food restaurants.
Sprint currently allots Google Wallet to Samsung’s Android-powered Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus users.