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Sprint is first carrier to offer Google Wallet

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Fared Adib, vice president of Product at Sprint

“Sprint is thrilled to be the first carrier in the U.S. to offer Google Wallet. Nexus S 4G is the first to receive new versions of Android software, and today’s upgrade puts the near-field communications, or NFC, chip in the phone to work so customers can have a secure virtual wallet on their phone. NFC capabilities on smartphones open the door to a new level of convenience and security.”  

With Google Wallet, an app now available to all Sprint customers with a Nexus S 4G, you can tap-to-pay at hundreds of thousands of participating retailers including American Eagle Outfitters, the Container Store, Macy’s, Best Buy and Subway, among others.

Sprint and Google today announced the rollout of Google Wallet to all Nexus S 4G customers. Sprint is the first carrier and Nexus S 4G is the first phone in the United States to deliver this innovative service that lets you transform your phone into your wallet.

We’ll keep you posted as this app becomes available for other customers. In the meantime, here is more information about what it is, how to get it and how to use it:

What is Google Wallet?

Google Wallet is a free Android app that stores virtual versions of your credit cards, offers and loyalty cards right on the one device you always have with you – your phone. At launch today, Google Wallet supports Citi® MasterCard® credit cards and the Google Prepaid MasterCard, powered by First Data. Google plans to support additional cards in the future.

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Google Wallet is designed to enable safe, secure payments. It requires users to set up a Google Wallet PIN that must be entered before making a purchase to prevent unauthorized access and payments.

Watch a video of Google Wallet in action here.

Osama Bedier, vice president of Payments at Google

“The world is on the brink of the next big shift in payments and today’s announcement demonstrates that we’re making real progress in attaining the vision we share with our partners for a new and innovative mobile payments platform. We believe this is just the beginning of a transformation that’s soon to come.”

How to Get It

Eligible Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be prompted to download the latest version of Android software. Once this download is complete, customers can launch the Wallet app to try it.  

Where You Can Use It

To find a participating merchant, customers can use MasterCard’s PayPass locator app for Android or visit http://www.google.com/wallet/where-it-works.html.

More information:

For more information on Google Wallet on Nexus S 4G from Sprint, read the press release at http://bit.ly/o2HXDV and visit www.sprint.com/googlewallet.

Google Wallet FAQs: http://www.google.com/wallet/faq.html

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