(Recasts after Verizon statement)
* Verizon says not blocking Google Wallet
* Says in contuining talks with Google
* Google says was asked not to include Google Wallet
Dec 6 U.S. wireless service provider
Verizon Wireless said it was not blocking Google Inc's
payments app, Google Wallet, on its latest smartphone, and said
it was still in talks with Google about the service.
"Recent reports that Verizon is blocking Google Wallet on
our devices are false," Verizon spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said in
a statement on Tuesday.
Earlier, a Google spokesman had said that Verizon asked it
not to include the function in the Galaxy Nexus smartphone due
out this month. Google had declined to give more details.
Verizon said that because Google Wallet did "not simply
access the operating system and basic hardware of our phones
like thousands of other applications," the service "needs to be
integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element
in our phones".
Verizon was in continuing talks with Google about the
application, the spokesman said.
Galaxy Nexus is a smartphone developed by Google and Samsung
Electronics Co Ltd based on the giant Internet
search company's Android software.
Google Wallet lets people use phones to make payments,
redeem digital coupons and earn loyalty points with merchants.
The app is key to Google's attempt to tap the local-business
Verizon, the U.S. top carrier, has formed a joint venture
called Isis with rival AT&T Inc T.N and Deutsche Telekom AG's
DTEGn.DE T-Mobile USA that lets people make payments and redeem
offers via their smartphones. Isis is expected to begin trials
next year, the Wall Street Journal said.
Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon
Communications Inc and Vodafone Group Plc.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the story.
(Reporting by Rachana Khanzode in Bangalore and Jennifer Saba
and Nicola Leske in New York; Editing by Mark Potter, Gary Hill)