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Google, ISIS and soon Sprint ‘s “Touch” NFC Mobile Wallet ?

Sprint to launch “Touch” NFC Mobile Wallet in Q3 2012 ?

According to NFC Times, Sprint plans to launch its own NFC Mobile wallet later this year.
Sprint is the only U.S. mobile carrier partnering with Google Wallet …
The NFC Mobile wallet “Touch” is likely to support both NFC and cloud-based applications.

Sprint is also expected to use an embedded secure element for its Mobile Wallet. “Sprint isn’t believed to be far enough along in development of its 4G LTE network and LTE SIMs to use the SIMs as secure elements.”
It’s unknown whether Sprint continues supporting google Wallet ..
“The limitation isn’t the wallet; the limitation is the secure element,” said a source at Sprint.

Limitation? I don’t know, an embedded secure element can support only 1 Mobile Wallet? An NFC controller coordinates multiple NFC secure apps stored in several secure locations. In 2016 about 40% of the NFC Phones will have multiple secure elements, with both SWP and embedded solutions, said ABI Research in oktober 2011. This is a prediction, but we see this is already happening. More and more handsets have an embedded secure element and support a secure element on a SIM card. I read somewhere, the future is multiple wallets and multiple secure elements on a Phone. Maybe this limitation is only temporarily because the technology has to evolve some more.
Google ISIS Touch NFC Mobile Wallet
source; NFCtimes.com

Sprint sees advantages in rolling out its own wallet. Sprint does not control Google Wallet/embedded secure element now. With their own Mobile Wallet, Sprint can build relationships with banks and other service providers. It seems that Sprint thinks they can offer a better alternative than ISIS and Google.
Isis, (Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile) wants to start/trial their wallet in Austin and Salt Lake City, “summer” 2012.
Source; “There is a big difference in the way Isis is thinking of doing this and how Sprint is thinking of doing it,”
“Sprint has a pretty robust developer ecosystem that the other guys (Isis telcos) don’t have. I don’t know for sure, but they (probably) will leverage that developer ecosystem to have a more open use of NFC in phones, as compared with Isis, which is not open by any means.”

Sprint said in a statement to NFC Times that it is “proud to be the first carrier to deliver Google Wallet,” now available on five NFC phones and soon on the Samsung Galaxy S III. But it added: “In keeping with our open approach, Sprint is actively working with others in the mobile payment ecosystem. We will continue to bring practical, easy-to-use mobile payment solutions to customers on Sprint devices, however, we do not have any news to share at this time.”
Google did not respond immediately for a request for comment on the planned Sprint wallet. Maybe More information later this month (June) in San Francisco. Google I/O is comming, Google’s annual developers conference.

Sprint has hired trusted service manager (TSM) Sequent, but Sequent did not confirm a contract with Sprint. “Sequent is managing secure elements for Tier-1 operators, with announcements coming from those operators as they launch later in the year.” Sequent’s CEO said.

“Sources told NFC Times”, sources are not named, but I’m sure Dan Balaban from NFCtimes.com is a reliable source, this is more than just a rumor.


Update June 12;
An insider has passed along to androidcentral some presentation slides to let them know that the Sprint NFC Mobile Wallet is a real plan. source; androidcentral.com
sprint touch nfc mobile wallet leaked

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