Unlocked Galaxy Nexus gets Google Wallet, sells directly for $399

Unlocked Galaxy Nexus gets Google Wallet, sells directly for $399

Still 'early days for mobile payments,' says Google rep

Google said Tuesday it was going direct to consumers again, selling the Galaxy Nexus smartphone on Google Play for $399. The unlocked smartphone will also run the Google Wallet mobile payment app.

Currently, only Sprint is supporting Google Wallet through its own version of the Galaxy Nexus device, as well as the new LG Viper 4G and LG Optimus Elite. Sprint originally had Google Wallet in September on the Nexus S.

Google Wallet will also be available on the LG Optimus Elite from Virgin Mobile, Google said in a blog post.

While Google Wallet first emerged eight months ago, adoption of the mobile payment technology has been slow. A Google spokesman recognized that fact.

"It's still very early days for mobile payments and we know [it] will take time to building a new mobile commerce ecosystem, but we're very committed to this goal and are encouraged by the progress we've made to date," Google spokesman Nate Tyler said by email.

Tyler said Google has been encouraged by a recent Pew poll that found 65% of respondents believe that using a smartphone as a form of payment will become widely adopted by the end of the decade.

The study, dated April 17, was based on an online sample of 1,021 Internet users and experts and was conducted by Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center.

Many mobile payment experts credit Google for moving ahead with mobile payments despite some public concerns about security with such systems. Mobile payments using NFC chips inside phones are popular in countries such as Japan, South Korea and China, especially for transit fares and small retail purchases. Adding more NFC phones is seen as critical to U.S. adoption.

In addition to Google's work with Sprint on mobile payments, Isis, a joint venture of AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA, is set to launch mobile payments this summer in the U.S.

Google's Galaxy Nexus phone supports Google Wallet on Sprint and in its unlocked version, but notably not on Verizon's version of the Galaxy Nexus.

This new unlocked and contract-free Galaxy Nexus is a GSM phone that can be used on T-Mobile or AT&T.

Google is also working to encourage merchants to support mobile wallet marketing, and recently posted deals for free merchandise at select drugstores in New York City, among other promotions mentioned on its blog.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is

See more by Matt Hamblen on

Read more about mobile apps and services in Computerworld's Mobile Apps and Services Topic Center.

ARN Survey on MSPs
ARN needs to profile the Managed Service Provider (MSP) in YOU!, so please spare a moment and TAKE THE MSP SURVEY NOW

Follow Us

Join the ARN newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.



IN PICTURES: Klikon Solutions Charity Golf Day (+51 images)

IN PICTURES: Klikon Solutions Charity Golf Day (+51 images)

Klikon Solutions held a Charity Golf Day out at Macquarie Links in Sydney to help raise money for charities Ronald McDonald House and Save our Sons. ARN was onhand in blistering 39 degree conditions to witness all the worm burners first hand. Pictures by Allan Swann

IN PICTURES: Klikon Solutions Charity Golf Day (+51 images)
IN PICTURES: Exclusive Networks - 007 Spectre night (+18 images)

IN PICTURES: Exclusive Networks - 007 Spectre night (+18 images)

Exclusive Networks, in conjunction with LogRhythm and FireEye, held an event to focus on fighting cybercrime with disruptive technologies at the Hayden Orpheum Theatre in Sydney. As part of the 007 - Spectre film theme, guests were invited to attend in their best James Bond attire. Pictures by Allan Swann

IN PICTURES: Exclusive Networks - 007 Spectre night (+18 images) is a channel management ecosystem that automates all major aspects of the entire sales, marketing and service process, including data tracking, integrated learning, knowledge management and product lifecycle management.

Show Comments