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While we're just hearing that an entirely new version of Google Wallet is on the way (what exactly is new about it is what we don't know), Google announced via Twitter that MetroPCS is the latest Wallet carrier partner. The Galaxy S III is the only Wallet-compatible device on Metro for the moment, but you can probably expect most future Metro phones to carry Wallet support, as well.

If you're keeping count at home, that brings Wallet support up to three carriers: US Cellular, Sprint, and MetroPCS are all now official Wallet partners, US Cellular being a recent addition we reported on earlier this month.

via Twitter

David Ruddock
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  • Idiot?

    I never understood what the carrier has to do with payment through Google Wallet. Somebody explain it to me!

    • http://twitter.com/PigeonFudge PigeonFudge

      I thought it was because the big carriers have their own system and disable Google's. Might be wrong.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      carriers have to allow for the software to be installed on the phones.

      • Andrew

        Carriers actually just have to 'refrain from blocking' Google Wallet. The default with the Play Store is to allow people on any carrier to install an app.

    • Danny Holyoake

      Because carriers in the US are evil. It's as simple as that.

  • Derek Duncan

    no, Google didn't forget to announce US Cellular.

    https://twitter.com/googlewallet/status/253978718781984768

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Whoops.

  • Aaron

    Damn you Tmobile!

    • Jon Garrett

      Damn AT&T!

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Weird idea. Not saying I believe it, but it did pop to mind.

    Could this be the beginning of Google Wallet's success? They might start getting in bed with all of the smaller carriers and gaining a foothold with them since none of the smaller carriers are likely to get any part of ISIS. Further, what happens when T-Mobile and MetroPCS merge (if it goes through). Will they boot ISIS (just launched today), Google Wallet, or keep both? Just saying, there might still be hope for the Little Payment System That Could.

  • Jon Garrett

    wow, aint this some shit. Google Wallet is available for Metro PCS S3's but not for AT&T!!