Why are the carriers even in the conversation? +Google Wallet
is an app that uses features of Android and the devices that run it. I see no real technical difference between this and say +Google Maps
, which uses the GPS radio in my phone and a data connection to show me maps. +Google Wallet
uses the NFC chip and a data connection to let me charge things to a credit card.
The carriers see a financial transaction taking place and suddenly want a cut. Do they get a cut of all +Google Play
transactions or In-App purchases? Who owns the phone in my pocket anyway?
If this is truly meant to be a digital wallet, my carrier has no business in there anyway. They don't get paid any more if I use my phone (and their data network) to buy something from Amazon using a web browser. Why do they feel entitled to dictate how I can spend my money when using any other app on MY phone?