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GSM Galaxy Nexus Receives Google Wallet Access on AT&T, Still Nothing for the LTE Variant on Verizon

By now, most of you know the story behind Google Wallet and the fact that it has only been officially available to the Nexus S 4G on Sprint, something that irritates the hell out of all new Galaxy Nexus owners. The other 3 major carriers here in the U.S. (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) have their own NFC payment system in the works and would rather you not use a competing service while they finalize everything. Basically what I’m saying is, that they have asked that the app be hidden from all phones with NFC chips that are activated on their networks. The app itself is in the Android Market, but if you attempt to view it from a phone, you will come up empty.

Enter today. I was cruising around in the market doing some research on a tip that came in and noticed that Wallet was now showing as being available to my GSM Galaxy Nexus which is running an AT&T SIM card. In the past, as in back in December, that screenshot above looked entirely different. I know that Wallet was updated for some users yesterday, but it’s almost impossible to tell if the note that reads “Small changes for device compatibility” was a part of it. If it is, then GSM users, jump on it!

As far as Verizon goes, the LTE Galaxy Nexus is still not showing as supported. I’m in the middle of looking into something that has to do with it and will report back on my findings. For now though, feel free to ask Big Red on Twitter why AT&T has given the thumbs up, yet they still won’t.

Update:  We figured out how to install Google Wallet to the LTE Galaxy Nexus. Instructions here.

  • Anonymous

    I was able to download Wallet from the marketplace on my AT&T Nexus S, but running it led to a pop-up saying “Hardware Not Supported”.

    • 21stNow

      I was able to get this up and running on a T-Mobile Nexus S with an AT&T SIM card in it.  I would think that the phones have the same hardware, with the exception of the radios.

  • Ethan

    I’m on a stock, unrooted, locked bootloader LTE nexus and it worked like a charm!

  • Anonymous

    The AT&T Nexus S as well…..unless it’s been like that for a while, and I was unaware. 

  • Rolandopr

    Google wallet has been on getjar for awhile!

  • @ab126c010a3da34f7b06d15052c07a6b:disqus ..
    my co-worker’s ex-wife made $7,385 last month. she works on the internet and drives a Chevrolet TrailBlazer. All she did was get lucky and follow the information you can find here..http://nipp.me/d4y

    • Matthew Rosidivito

      Oh wow, a TrailBlazer!? I bet that’s parked right next to the Accord.

  • Anonymous

    An American company google.. releases it’s flagship device outside the US.. Then releases it after much delay to 1 carrier exclusively.. only to make some of it’s features accessible from another carrier exclusively.

    Bravo Google.

  • Syntastic

    I have the one installed from the apk and I just checked the market on my computer. Still says “This item is not available on your carrier.”

  • Ryan Scott Miller

    I have the VZW GNex and I’ve been using the ported Google Wallet just fine!

  • Y’all need to stop beating a dead horse with this one. The reason why Wallet hasn’t come to Verizon is because they are in bed with Isis. Yes, the others like T-Mo and AT&T are in bed with them too, but if either company sought not to use Wallet on the GSM Nexus, people would go to a carrier that would because its GSM. Us folks with CDMA are kinda screwed.

    • Anonymous

      It would be one thing to not include it on the phone, but to actually PREVENT it from being installed (without using a hacked version) and disabling it from the market is pure BS. That is what we are pissed about.

  • No

    install the leaked apk. use titanium backup pro to restore the market link, and then wallet will show up in your apps AND it will update as new versions are released. (worked for me on Verizon)

    • Anonymous

      Same here. Works like a charm!

      • Eric

        how do u restore market link in Titanium trying to do it now.

        • Anonymous

          From Titanium Backup, click and hold on the program under the Backup/Restore list. and select “Attach to Market (forced)”. You must have the Pro license to do this.

          • Eric

            Awesome works like a charm. Thanks

          • Anonymous

            Does not work for me. I tell Market Doctor to restore the link but it doesn’t show up in the Market. Have tried doing that and then unlinking it multiple times to try again but each time there is nothing there in the Market. Does it have to be an actually manually-installed .apk? I have it because it is installed automatically through Bugless Beast.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not 100% sure, but I think it should. I attached it from stock (rooted, obviously) and then swapped ROMs. I am now on Open KANG Project build 21 and I was able to attach the pre-loaded wallet to the market. Don’t know if it is a BB thing or not : /

          • after you link it, force stop the market app and clear data.  then reload.  This fixed it not showing up for me.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, I think this worked. It actually still didn’t show up, at least not right away. But then when I did the first bit from the new thread about installing on LTE GNex when I pressed Google Wallet and went to Market it showed up as already installed and told me it had an update. Whatever, either way I have it showing up in the Market now.

          • Yourmomsbox

            Still didn’t work for me.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t use any backup and I got an update straight from the market! I have a verizon nexus

  • Bill Stebbins

    Are you sure you didn’t force attach your version to the market with Titanium or something else?

  • Is there a new APK for Wallet? I am also using the leaked one from a while ago.

  • Josh Fischer123

    I’ve been using the leaked/ported version on my LTE Nexus, and love it.  I get strange looks at McD’s and Gas Stations when I use it, and people always ask me about the phone.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon, this kind of behavior will earn you a customer max exodus when other 4G networks catch up… and frankly you deserve it. You’ve been pulling this crap since the featurephone days; it’s a new age, stop acting like the RIAA and MPAA. 

  • Anonymous