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Verizon bans Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus smartphone

Verizon Wireless has blocked Google's payments app Google Wallet on its latest smartphone Galaxy Nexus this month.

Wireless service provider Verizon cited "security concerns" in not including the mobile payment system on the new smartphone, developed by Google and Samsung based on Google's Android software.

Verizon Wireless, co-owned by Verizon Communications and Vodafone, is working to have “the best security and user experience,” said company spokesman Jeffrey Nelson, adding that the company will run Google Wallet “when those goals are achieved.”

Google Wallet lets people use phones to make payments, redeem digital coupons and earn loyalty points with merchants.

The app is key to Google's attempt to tap the local-business advertising market.

A Google spokesman said that "Verizon asked us not to include this functionality in the product," without elaborating on the reason behind the Verizon's move.

Verizon, the U.S. top carrier, has formed a joint venture with rival AT&T and T-Mobile USA that lets people make payments and redeem offers via their smartphones called Isis and is expected to begin trials next year, the newspaper said.

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