Similar to what we have seen with Google Wallet and Verizon Wireless, it looks like T-Mobile has offered a bit of insight in terms of which mobile payment system that will be supporting. Basically, it seems T-Mobile is blocking Google Wallet in support of ISIS. This latest bit comes by way of a recent question that was posed to the T-Mobile help account on Twitter.
The carrier was asked if there was any timeline as to when Google Wallet support would be available for the Galaxy Note II. Well, in a bit of not so happy news for Google Wallet hopefuls, T-Mobile responded with the following; “We’re supporting ISIS, the wireless payment standard for mobile devices.”
While disappointing, this news is probably not all that surprising. After all, we saw the T-Mobile ISIS test program and app launch in October of 2012. The issue here comes down to support as for now, ISIS availability is pretty limited. At present the ISIS support is limited to Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas.
Naturally this response brought a few complaints, however it also brought another interesting point. The person that originally posed the question responded with a complaint about how ISIS is only available in those two markets and with word that if they rooted their handset they could use Google Wallet. That is certainly one way to handle the issue, of course, that is likely not a route that will be taken by many.
All said and done, having Google Wallet blocked in favor of ISIS doesn’t seem like it will help do anything to further the availability of mobile payments. Then again, maybe mobile payments are not quite ready to catch on and the eventual widespread rollout of ISIS will be the take off. After all, it is hard to argue with the three carrier (T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and AT&T) backing of ISIS.