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HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung Team Up with Isis for NFC Payments, So Much for Google Wallet?


Isis – which is a joint venture by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile – announced today that they have partnered with all of the major device manufacturers in the game to bring an NFC payment system to the masses.  In the very near future, you will see NFC-enabled phones from Motorola, LG, Samsung and HTC on all three of these carriers.  Their goal is to “enhance how consumers, banks, payment networks and merchants interact” to “significantly modernize the payment experience.”

For the most part, this is extremely exciting news.  The only question we really have is, “What about Google Wallet?”  For now, it looks like that service will be exclusive to Sprint while the other three carriers have formed their own massive payment system.  We should also point out that Isis was the first to ink deals with all four major credit card companies, something Wallet is just now locking down.

I would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to ditch my wallet on a regular basis.  Give us NFC in the Galaxy Nexus and let’s make this mobile payment revolution happen!  

HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, RIM, Samsung Mobile, Sony Ericsson and DeviceFidelity to Implement Isis NFC and Technology Standards

New York – Sept. 27, 2011 – Isis, the joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, announced today that HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, RIM, Samsung Mobile and Sony Ericsson will introduce NFC-enabled mobile devices that implement Isis’ NFC and technology standards. For consumers who have or purchase smartphones that are not NFC-enabled, Isis is working with DeviceFidelity to add NFC functionality to the mobile device, ensuring a wide range of consumer choice.

“Isis’ technology standards provide the direction and certainty needed for the development and deployment of NFC devices and the mobile commerce ecosystem,” said Scott Mulloy, chief technology officer, Isis. “Working together with the device makers and our founding mobile carriers, Isis can provide the consumer choice and scale necessary for widespread adoption of mobile commerce.”

NFC-enabled phones will allow Isis consumers to securely make payments, store and present loyalty cards and redeem offers at participating merchants with the tap of their phones.

“Today’s announcement signals the growing acceptance of NFC technology by some of the world’s leading device makers,” said Kouji Kodera, chief product officer, HTC Corporation. “At HTC, we see tremendous opportunities for consumers and merchants as we move beyond traditional payments to a future of NFC-enabled mobile commerce.”

“NFC technology on LG devices will provide consumers with an all-in-one mobile experience that delivers convenience without comprising security or piece of mind,” said Jeff Hwang, president, LG Mobile Phones. “Creating the ideal mobile wallet, LG NFC enabled devices will help change the way consumers shop, pay and save.”

“NFC is the future of mobile payments and will ensure that transactions are done securely from mobile devices,” said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services product management, Motorola Mobility. “Through working with Isis as well as the broader Android ecosystem, we look forward to providing consumers with NFC-enabled handsets that make mobile commerce a reality.”

By using NFC-enabled smartphones, Isis will enhance how consumers, banks, payment networks and merchants interact, significantly modernizing the payment experience.

“RIM is working in close collaboration with Isis to help make the concept of mobile commerce a reality,” said Andrew Bocking, vice president of BlackBerry Software, Research In Motion. “The new line-up of BlackBerry® 7 smartphones include various models that are NFC-enabled and demonstrates RIM’s commitment to enabling NFC-based experiences on BlackBerry.”

“The key to widespread adoption of mobile commerce will be the broad availability of NFC-enabled handsets,” said Dale Sohn, president, Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile). “Samsung Mobile will be working with Isis and the mobile carriers to ensure NFC-enabled handsets are widely available to consumers.”

Isis is committed to developing a comprehensive, open mobile commerce platform that aligns the interests of all key stakeholders and provides consumers with freedom of choice and security.

“NFC offers consumers the ability to broaden their communication experience beyond the phone, and common standards and best practices are key to a secure and convenient mobile commerce experience. Sony Ericsson is poised to be part of this movement and to drive the development of new, exciting and creative experiences to deliver the most entertaining smartphones,” said Jan Uddenfeldt, chief technology officer, Sony Ericsson.

“DeviceFidelity is proud to be among those chosen by Isis to power its NFC mobile wallet offering,” said Deepak Jain, chief executive officer and co-founder, DeviceFidelity. “Working side-by-side with Isis and leading handset makers, we aim to provide the scale and choice of consumer preferred devices to ignite the industry and assure continual mass adoption of mobile commerce.”

About Isis

The joint venture is between AT&T Mobility LLC, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless and is based in New York City. The venture is chartered with building ISIS™, a national mobile commerce platform that will fundamentally transform how people shop, pay and save. The Isis mobile commerce platform will be available to all merchants, banks and mobile carriers. Isis is a trademark of JVL Ventures, LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos, product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Via:  IsisAndroinica

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  • klaviste

    Question is.. can we really trust phone companies with our money.  When they rip you off, you won’t get the money back most-likely..

  • I can only imagine the effects from the new technology glitches this will have.. Im sure alot of the first users will be losing money somehow..  Definitely don’t want to be a part of that for awhile!

  • Just wait until Google snatches them up like they so love to do, then we’ll have everybody on board for Google Wallet.

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  • Anonymous

    Google TV all over again

  • Anonymous

    In other news, Isis bought by Google.

  • Anonymous

    It was about time moto, htc and lg

  • babadush

    I love when there are intelligent discussions on here. I’m glad school is back in.

  • Just because they have a deal with Isis doesn’t necessarily mean that they will not be able to use Google Wallet. In a sense, they may not have much of a choice, if Google integrates it into Ice Cream Sandwich. The biggest obstacle for Google was hardware support, since the rest can be introduced post-distribution. All this means is that Google will now have competition on that front, just like there are other email apps and map apps and sms apps on the market, there will be another Wallet app. I know it is not exclusively that simple, but as far as the consumer is concerned, it will be that simple.

  • Anonymous

    But what happens if Google buys Isis?

  • Google closer to buying sprint? First Google voice now Google wallet..

  • Guess

    One step closer to 666

  • Christopher Heuer

    I can only see this as a good thing. It means more phones with NFC, and another option to choose from besides Google Wallet. I can’t see why you wouldn’t be able to use both.

  • Loadiesinc

    now, how do i install an NFC chip.. damn’t

  • shdowman

    Ok, I’ll be the first to say it…

    Google can’t own EVERYTHING.

    Competition is good.

    But, since I haven’t done my due diligence on this, correct me if I am wrong. The NFC technology is the same isn’t it? These services are merely conduits for the technology to work through. So, with these manufacturers committing to the tech, couldn’t that theoretically mean you could have both services on the same phone?

    • John Landgrave

      But Google’s slogan is “Don’t be evil.” Why can’t Google own EVERYTHING? =p

    • Anonymous

      In an ideal world, it would be like internet browsers. Google has chrome and a lot of us use it and like it, but there are many other browsers and you can pretty much go to any internet site you like with whichever browser you choose, and you can even use multiple browsers if you want (this part of the comparison is what you are referring to in the last paragraph and it is not yet known if this will work). And you get all the benefits from competition, you can see a lot of innovation in internet browsers since they are all trying so hard to come up with new features to compete.

  • I don’t really understand why Google chose to limit Wallet to a particular carrier: payments are just normal internet transactions and should be carrier/ISP independent similar to how you can buy stuff on Amazon regardless of whether you’re on Comcast or FiOS.

    My only guess is that Google’s Sales team got a lil’ greedy and figured they could get a (sucker) carrier to pay for exclusive access. So now we’ll have a gazillion NFC payment standards on the market. Great, I think I’ll just stick with my good ol’ plastic credit card, thanks.

    • John Landgrave

      Google didn’t “limit” Google Wallet to Sprint, it just so happens that the only NFC Capable device in the US is on Sprint, and therefore it is practically limited to one carrier.

      • Anonymous

        Why do the carriers even have to be involved? I just don’t get that.

        • kurttrail

          So they can make money on it.

          $15 every month for V-Cast Isis access.

  • Youaregay

    stupid article by a stupid editor.  wtf do all these manufacturers have in common? duh. a reliance on android.  dumb article suggesting they will overtake Google Wallet 

    • Anonymous

      I can see that you don’t get the fact that we would love to have the option of both Google Wallet and Isis on all carriers, so I’ll just let you continue to have a horrible day.

  • Tim

    Read the fine print before you use any of these NFC payment options. Using a credit card gives you some great safeguards, but these systems don’t currently offer the same protection. If the store charges you double, you might not have any way to recover your money.

    • Isn’t NFC just a different method of using your credit card? So, technically, you are still covered. I may be wrong, but why else would these services need to make deals with all the major credit card companies. Just like using your card online is protected (even though you’re not physically swiping anything), NFC payments SHOULD also be covered. 

    • John Landgrave

      I agree with Jason, the way that I understand the NFC payment solution is that it transfer your credit-card information over a “short-range” protocol, much like typing in your credit card number on Amazon. Should still have all the same “protections.”

  • Anonymous

    So much for the “I left my wallet in the car excuse”

  • I don’t understand why Motorola would… owned by Google?

    • Anonymous

      Maybe Motorola was already in talks to use Isis. Also, Motorola is still its own company as per Google’s words – all Google wanted was the patents as well as the ability to have some control over the Android ecosystem with its own Android hardware.

    • GalaxyNFC

      Kind of disappointing news for everyone thinking of buying the NFC-less HTC Vigor/Incredible HD.  Especially since the HTC Amaze just announced for…T-Mobile will have NFC.

    • Anonymous

      First, the deal hasn’t closed yet. Second, this was likely already in the works. Third, a wholly owned subsidiary often tends to do things differently from the parent. Sometimes unintentionally, sometimes intentionally as a hedge.

  • Goblueboy

    I have a feeling that this could be a good thing. Competition is always good. Isis seems like they put a lot of work into their software. Let’s see how this plays out. Maybe Google could buy them out for Google wallet? Who knows

    • Anonymous

      Could be a good thing, but with these other 3 carriers tied into Isis, it makes me nervous that they won’t ever let Google Wallet in.  I like choices, just not sure we’ll have them now.

      • Anonymous

        Amen. However, what’s interesting to note is that Apple isn’t, in fact, aligned with Isis. If they try to roll out their own NFC-payment system, or at least roll out an i*hone with NFC and let app devs go crazy, then the carriers would kind of have to allow other payment services, like Google Wallet. Especially if they design their own iWallet or whatever, because Google can just say “hey, if you let Apple do it, let us too!”

        In a way, Apple’s kind of saving Google Wallet.

  • Billy Jenkins

    so if I want to buy something from my friend but dont have the cash on me and neither of us have a credit card machine to scan a card there should be a way to somehow transfer money from my nfc enabled phone to their nfc enabled phone. Like by putting them up against each other like the Bump app. Or by sending a secure text within an nfc app. then dollar bills would become obselete. kinda like pennies are now.

    • I don’t think this is how it works. Sending money and receiving money are two different things. If your friend could theoretically receive the money, he would most likely be charged several percentage points. 

      • Billy Jenkins

        things are changing. we used to need to swipe a credit card and still do. but now all u have to do is put a phone up against a device that will someday be in stores to transfer money from your phone to their system. So i dont see the problem with transfering money from your phone to someone elses phone by simply putting it up against each other and putting in a secure password just like as if it were the device in the stores.

        • I’m not saying it’s not possible. I’m just saying that’s not how NFC works – not in its current iteration anyhow. If you’ve ever had to set up a merchant account with a credit card company, you’ll realize that sending money and receiving money are two entirely different beasts. 

  • Anonymous

    The T-Mobile girl is hot

    • shdowman

      Yeah, she kind of is…and she is F@#$ing plastered all over Droid Life, a site dedicated to Verizon and Droid phones. Oh the irony.

      • Anonymous

        it’s called an ad blocker.

        • EC8CH

          exactly… I don’t know what the hell these guys are talking about 😛

        • Anonymous

          People like you are ignorant. That’s a great way to not support Droid-Life. You’re really showing them you care. Do you also use pirated apps? Also, do you work at Burger King or Jack-in-the-Box?

          • Anonymous

            Internet blogs are the worst place to launch a moral or political crusade. Stop trolling and focus on the article topic.

          • Anonymous

            Excuse me? First off my daily career is very much marketing, commerce, mobile and technology. I understand cookie tracking, targeting, display and placement better than you ever will. And if you must know, clown, I don’t use one 95% of the time, simply because I NEED to see ads for a variety of reasons. But there are times when some ads are very annoying or break content it’s much easier to turn them off. Guess what, it’s a free country, if people don’t want to see them, they DON’T HAVE TO. How dare people change the channel when watching TV or listening to the radio…. : eye roll :
             Don’t know who ruined your breakfast this morning but you should stick fapping and trolling over the T-Mobile girl, and stay in school kid.

          • DroidzFX

            Get em Zep!!

          • Anonymous

            Let’s everyone get along and stare at the T-Mobile girl’s legs….or something. 😛

          • kurttrail

            No T-Ho girl on the mobile site. 🙁

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          • TheAndroid1

            It all works out, your logo is pink.  Tmobiles logo is pink.  The girl is wearing a pink dress.

          • TheAndroid1

            On the other hand, Kellex doesn’t have to spend one minute finding news and taking the time two write these articles.  It’s a free country, he can do whatever he wants too.  If he is willing to take the time to write, I think you can take the time to glance to the center of the page and ignore them.

          • Anonymous

            I’ll use an ad blocker on Phandroid. But only Phandroid due to its overly obtrusive pop up ads and what not.

      • Anonymous

        I’d switch to T-Mobile if I got to meet her. Also if T-Mobile still exists.

    • Anonymous

      She’d be better if she gained fifteen pounds.

      • Anonymous

        i agree maybe 20 she is to skinny

  • Anonymous

    Let’s face it, a lot of this will go the direction the elephant in the room goes, and that’s Apple. 

    • Anonymous

      And Apple will likely go with Isis, given that two out of its three carrier partners (assuming the reports about Sprint getting the iPhone 5/4S/whatever are true) are committed to it and Google Wallet is operated by what is arguably its biggest competitor. Google Wallet is pretty much screwed.

      • Anonymous

        My thoughts exactly. 

      • Anonymous

        The way I see it is that everyone will support all the different NFC competitors. This is no different than how people who take credit card accept Visa or MasterCard or AMEX; instead they will be accepting Isis, PayPal, and Google Wallet.

    • EC8CH

      Apple won’t be happy unless they can find a way to get a 30% cut from each transaction 😛

  • DougR

    really? moto(owned by google) agreeing to a google product competitor?

    • Billy Jenkins

      or maybe Google gave up the idea of Google Wallet and instead chose to team up with all the major manufactorers to develop something better. Or maybe this is connected with google wallet. because I doubt Motorola would team up with its competitor unless they are getting something better out of the deal.

      • Anonymous

        Or maybe Google doesn’t want antitrust issues and having its phone hardware division support a competing system as well is exactly the kind of thing that looks good when someone is claiming you are a monopoly…

        • Mike

          Or maybe it’s because Moto isn’t owned by Google yet and Google generally can’t control what Moto does.

  • Anonymous

    GW, I am disappoint.