By Stephen Schenck | March 1, 2012 9:36 PM
A couple days ago, we heard some news about plans for the launch of Isis, the NFC-based payment system championed by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. With those carriers aligned together, Sprint is left largely by itself in the US to offer competing payment services through Google Wallet. For the moment, at least, that doesn’t give Sprint subscribers much in the way of hardware choices for NFC-equipped models capable of using Wallet; right now they’ve got the Nexus S 4G. That may all be about to change, at least according to Google, which claims that Sprint will be getting at least ten more phones capable of using Wallet by the end of the year.
We already know of some of these models on their way, like the Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper for Sprint’s upcoming LTE offering, both of which will support NFC and Google Wallet. Beyond that, though, the door’s wide open, and we’ll just have to wait and see which other phones coming to Sprint will share the technology. If this news turns out being accurate, we could be looking at a lineup of Sprint devices by the end of the year where NFC is a feature found on a large fraction. As we’ve talked about how some of the most promising uses for NFC involve peer-to-peer interactions, but just not enough users have the right hardware yet, this push could go a long way towards helping NFC finally get off the ground.