Verizon has responded to a FCC complaint that was filed that accused Verizon of blocking the app. The response is less than ideal though. The respondent, Idalia Charles, starts off by clearing the air on the issue of Verizon blocking the app. Those claims are simply inaccurate. Idalia also points out quickly that Verizon doesn’t block any apps from being downloaded through the Verizon network nor do they block users from downloading any other apps as long as it is compatible with their devices and the basic operating systems approved for their networks. They state that Google Wallet needs access to the devices “Secure Element.” Which according to Verizon, is fundamentally separate from the devices basic hardware and operating system. If Google takes that aspect away, then it will be a completely different story.
Take a read of their response for your self.
Personally I find it all bit shady. It is no coincidence that Verizon is in cohoots AT&T and T-Mobile to bring Isis to the table. Which is similar to Google Wallet, but still quite a bit different. Why would they want to allow Google Wallet on to devices if they aren’t going to make a profit in doing so? Verizon has every right to not allow something access to their devices on their network if the grounds are legitimate. I know nothing about the “Secure Element” or how that affects devices. I am pretty sure it all ties into why they lock down their bootloaders constantly too though.
What is your take on the response and the issue? Is it Verizon’s way of keep one service out to push their upcoming Isis? Is really a secure element issue that they believe would harm their network, consumers or proprietary information on the device? Please feel free to leave a comment below and let’s get some good discussion going about all of this.