U.S. Cellular is coming forward to update its Samsung Galaxy S III to integrate with Google Wallet.
The move is a significant one for the carrier which is looking to better compete with rival platforms in the burgeoning mobile payments space.
According to a Device Service Bulletin obtained by Android Police:
If you have a Galaxy S III on US Cellular, we’re here to give you some good news: you’re getting Google Wallet. And you can probably actually get it today if you download the update manually from Samsung.
It goes without saying that this is the first US Cellular-covered device to work with Google Wallet.
“In fact,” Android Police reports, “it’s the only subsidized smartphone outside of Sprint to be equipped with Google Wallet. We’re guessing Google will have some kind of small announcement to make in tandem with this news on its Commerce blog, or the Wallet Twitter account.”
It has been known for over two months now that Google has been in talks with various wireless carriers. Now it appears that U.S. Cellular was definitely among the parties at the table.