Isis eyes Mobile Wallet national availability later this year

July 31, 2013
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Near Field Communication or NFC-based mobile payments might start showing up over counters anywhere and everywhere as Isis starts rolling out its Mobile Wallet system nationwide later this year. Isis is a mobile commerce joint venture created by T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T to implement a system for tap-to-pay and redemption transactions at counters.

Isis started a trial run last October in Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas, partnering with Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. The trial was considered a success, prompting Isis to make plans to expand their coverage nationwide. Research group Aite Group estimates that by the end of the year, 1.3 million stores will have mobile payment systems.

Data gathered from the trial run showed that use of the Isis Mobile Wallet averaged more than 10 per month. Most of the transactions were made in cafes, gas stations, grocery stores, convenience stores, and quick service restaurants. Isis CEO Michael Abbott promised to incorporate the feedback from the test into the next generation of the Isis Mobile Wallet, which is set for national availability later this year.

Users need an NFC-enabled Android smartphone as well as a SIM-based "security element" to be able to use the Isis Mobile Wallet system. Currently, only a total of 35 devices from the three joint-venture carriers are certified as "Isis Ready", with more to follow. Phones running iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry 10 will eventually also be supported in the near future.

VIA: SlashGear


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  • Timothy Anderson

    Why doesn’t the FTC put a stop to this collusion among the nation’s carriers. The US government has allowed them to purchase radio bandwidth over its soil that only they can use. Now they have come to an agreement together to use it to create a purchasing system from which only they can control and profit. It is the role of the FTC to prohibit any unfair methods of competition. This includes agreements like this that are designed to stymie competitors in the marketplace. That is why they are there to protect the consumers by ensuring that there is competition in the marketplace. I think that Google Wallet was there first. Clearly, it is technically feasible to have Google Wallet on your network as Sprint is already doing it. Isis is going to work using the exact technology Google Wallet already uses.