Rumor: Sprint + Google = Mobile Payments?

This just in! Sprint and Google almost finalized their marriage! Supposedly being announced sometime next week, the service would use Verifone hardware as well to let your Nexus S (or other NFC capable phone on Sprint, largely absent) act as a credit card. With the inclusion of a mobile data carrier, it stand to say that Sprint will be the only carrier offering this service as there’s not a hint of T-Mobile’s Nexus S to be found. What interests me most is if this becomes a carrier dependent service, something you sign up for (and possibly pay for) when you get a new contract. It would most likely be linked with a credit card/bank account that Sprint already has confirmed on file, but that’s just my speculation. Considering NFC is a new and upcoming technology I would be very sad to see it already shackled and balled like wireless tethering is. Of course this technology is worthless without a place to scan it, and only several markets will be available at launch, specifically the following:

  • New York
  • San Franciso
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Washington, D.C.

Yeah that’s not too many. And considering it’s only available on one phone on one carrier, it seems the incredibly cool new technology Near Field Communication is off to a slow start here in the states. But, it’s a start nonetheless and I’m finding it awful hard to resist how Android friendly Sprint has become…