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Google is taking its Google Wallet sales pitch directly to consumers, offering an unlocked Galaxy Nexus from Samsung on Google Play for $399. The phone will be featured in a new section of Google Play that offers Android devices.
According to a post on the Google Mobile blog, the phone is loaded with the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android and can be used on any GSM wireless network including T-Mobile and AT&T.
What's more, since it's not being shipped through a carrier, there are no issues over who owns the Secure Element in the phone. It comes with Google Wallet pre-installed and buyers even get a $10 credit on their prepaid account.
In addition to the unlocked phone, a Google Commerce post said three phones from Sprint — the Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper 4G LTE and LG Optimus Elite — all come loaded with Google Wallet. and that Virgin Mobile will be offering Google Wallet on the LG Optimus Elite.
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