Originally Posted by jonshipman
I still don't know why we need carrier support (One X on T-Mo). Can't it just use TCP/IP? Hell, Google should make it would on Sim-less devices over wifi!
The network agreements aren't for data. As mentioned above, Wallet does not need a data connection to make payments.
Google bends over for networks in America because they are the main distribution channel over there. These networks have their own NFC payment services being developed, so they don't want Google eating into their potential profits. Google always obeys because, unlike Apple, they don't have bargaining power. Google needs the networks to get their phones into as many hands as possible. The networks don't necessarily need Google.
This is part of the reason why Google are further exploring the option of selling their devices directly to consumers.