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Sprint to launch its own Wallet

Thursday 21 June 2012

Androidcentral.com has obtained slides passed by an insider showing the operation of a Sprint Mobile Wallet. Examples used in this presentation include McDonald's, Barnes and Noble, Macy's, Target, Best Buy and others. The operation of the wallet is somewhat similar to the one of Google Wallet.

Sprint is the only mobile network operator partnering with Google for its Google Wallet, and as such, the operator proposes six handsets (including the latest Samsung Galaxy S III) supporting Google Wallet. Questions remain open whether Sprint could support both Google Wallet and its own branded one as each Wallet needs its issuer (Sprint or Google) to have control over the Secure Element. However, the Galaxy S III, has capabilities for two secure elements: one is embedded, and the handset supports the SWP (Single Wire Protocol) allowing the use of the SIM as the Secure Element.

At the same time, Isis, the association of the other three major MNOs in the US, goes on with its plans to launch its wallet this summer.