Smartphones and tablets compatible with Google Wallet Android app
If you’re an Android device user, you might have heard of Google Wallet. It’s a bit of technology that lets you save payment information, loyalty cards and more in the memory of your Android devices and use it, along with a transmission system called near-field technology, in place of things like credit cards at stores.
Unfortunately, you can’t use Google Wallet with every Android device. In fact, of the four major cellular providers in the United States, three of them are backing Isis, another Wallet-like platform. So, if you’re in the market to use Google Wallet and its app, which is available in the Google Play Store, you’ll have to grab the right device and carrier.
Hit up Sprint (and others)
First off, Google Wallet is unavailable from the likes of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, leaving only Sprint and a number of smaller carriers, such as U.S. Cellular, for your wireless service. The good news is, there are a number of devices that are covered by the app, once you have the right service.
The best place to start to secure your device is with Sprint, where you can get as much as $50 Cash Back. U.S. Cellular and Virgin Mobile also support Google Wallet on a number of devices, and Virgin offers as much as $22.50 Cash Back. Look for smartphones from Samsung, such as the Nexus S4 and S 4G and the Galaxy series, the LG Optimus Elite and Viper 4G, and the HTC One and HTC EVO.
Try your favorite retailers
You don’t have to go straight to cellular providers for your devices, however. Try retailers such as Best Buy and Target to get what you’re looking for, potentially at a lower price. Both offer 2 percent Cash Back, and other alternatives, such as Radio Shack, offer 3 percent or more. Just don’t forget to check your device against Google’s list of Wallet-supported devices.
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