Wait Until You Get Wallet-Enabled Google Nexus on Sprint

January 11, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It’s confirmed. Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Nexus will come sporting Google Wallet.

The carrier announced their plan to integrate the Isis mobile payment initiative to the device at the CES, where they unveiled their future LTE device portfolio.

But they will have to wait until mid-year when Sprint launches their LTE service.

Sprint will probably be the first US operator to support the full complement of Google services on Google’s showcase device, as AT&T and T-Mobile do not seem to have plans to support the Wallet even if Google decides to launch the Nexus on the carriers.

Google Wallet that debuted on Nexus S on the Sprint network has gone a long way around the world, if you leave out Verizon, which asked Google to leave the capability off its device. But the Galaxy Nexus users stateside with the Wallet are those who bought it from European vendors.

Sprint is launching their LTE network over their PCS bands, shared by its current CDMA network. So the Nexus will need a special radio chip to be working on the network. Otherwise, it may not have anything more or less than the Verizon version.

Also, the initial availability of the Nexus may be limited if Sprint decides to introduce the device in just the initial 10 LTE launch markets, which include Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

Sprint also announced two other devices with LTE connectivity. The LG Viper 4G will be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and sporting a 4-inch screen.  The Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot is a Wi-Fi modem which connects to Sprint’s WiMAX, LTE and 3G networks.

Sprint said they are on track to launch 15 LTE devices this year. Doesn’t that sound good?

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