Verizon Wireless has demanded that Google disable its mobile wallet app in the forthcoming release of the latest Galaxy Nexus smartphone from Samsung.
If a verizon customers want a google wallet that much, surely they can just port their number to Sprint and get one there? Thats the risk Verizon takes surely? If Google/Sprint think the wallet is a major asset they should be welcoming the opportunity to
grab market share
Google may have a case for anti trust or restrictive trade practices - but Verizon are not a monopoly last time I looked?
If banks have to take the permission of Apple and Google to get mobile banking apps on to their own customers' smartphones, it's only fair that Google should face a similar situation with Verizon and other MNOs with its Google Wallet app. Either both practices
invoke antitrust concerns or neither does.
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