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Video: Isis Makes An Appearance At SXSW, Demos Application And How To Make A Purchase

Google Wallet competitor Isis, made a showing at SXSW recently and demoed its application for people. Isis is the mobile payment system that almost ever carrier is behind except for Sprint. The company is touting their easy-to-use interface at SXSW and showing how to add credit cards, loyalty cards and deals all from the same app. 


To be honest the app looks very, very similar to Google Wallet with the scrolling cards up top and a menu beneath. But, Isis has secured the deals that Wallet hasn’t. Isis is partnering with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Chase, Barclays and Capitol One. The loyalty cards are something that Wallet has yet to implement as well, so it was a good showing for Isis overall. The Isis/Wallet war continues.

Via: IntoMobile

  • Andrew Davis

    I do not want a PIN # to be mandatory. If my phone is unlocked, it is unlocked. I hate pin pads and want things to go quickly when I am in line worrying about ordering food in a busy fast food place. I hope they at least make pin# “protection” to be optional.

  • ddevito

    I can sh1t out a better designed UI in 3 minutes.

  • haomeng27


  • Wmsco51

    Google is better no hiding charges like the verizon charge or at& t charge or tmobile charge! Why else would they try knock down google because theirs money to be made.

  • RufusX

    YES!!!!!More bloatware for carriers to load on our phones!P.S. Google Wallet or GTFO.

  • srh12

    OMG something that competes with a google product?

    It suuuuuuuucks. i dont even know what its capable of but its not as good as if it were made by google.


  • i’m thinking there will be a fee charged somewhere 

    • Andrew Davis

      Oh they’ll get a nickel from everybody they can for sure. Maybe even a dime.

  • It seems like they want to not only add all the credit cards, but also loyalty cards (now spreading that purchase info even wider), and also an Offers/Groupon/Coupon service, _AND_ a sort of social-like advertising channel. So they want to get their money coming in, during payment, after payment, through pushed ads, and through statistics/info aggregation and analysis. 

    Yeah, sounds a bit sketchy to me. Especially considering all the strong-arming the ISIS group has done to block out other players like Google.

  • Stewie

    Jeez you people forgot the larger questions:

    Will ISIS function on a rooted device, leading to the real question:

    Will ISIS suffer the same vulerability on rooted android devices as Wallet currently does?

    Does that mean on ISIS as well the I’ll have to see a “Unsupported device” flag all damn day long?

    • MarkyMark

      you can bet that a carrier backed solution such as this, especially with Verizon being one of the backers, won’t support rooted devices. It may work on them, but there will be no official support.

  • Hooray for crappy iOS UI design ported to Android!

  • Isis vs Wallet reminds me of BluRay vs HD-DVD!

    • So which one will be bundled with the PS4?  That will determine the winner.  😉

  • I would use this over Google Wallet if it is free! If not, it is back to waiting for Google to accept Visa

  • Tony Allen

    If ISIS allows for a wider range of payment options than Wallet “which wouldn’t take much” then ISIS will be the superior app here, Google needs to step it up with Wallet.

    • Only problem is Google _has_ been trying to “step it up” but are being cockblocked left and right by the financial and carrier groups. Only MC has given them even a foothold. Visa, DC, JCB, etc… none of them want to even talk, let alone set up agreements. TBH, this should all work off of PayPass protocol in the US, which is already rolled out in a number of places (although often borked through improper setup on the business and/or procssor side).

      • cphilano

        Wrong on this…Google has secured agreements with almost every major credit card including Visa’s Paywave. 

        They are however being roadblocked by wireless carriers…well, at least the carriers who back ISIS.

        • Ahh, last I had heard, AmEx,Disc,Visa, and JCB were refusing to play ball with card acceptance through Wallet NFC. If that has changed, then I wonder why there isn’t more push of different cards to be allowed under the app?
          Although, yeah, the carriers are still being obstructive, but we expected that.

    • Andrew Davis

      They’re not gonna put much faith and effort into an investment that won’t see the light of day on a major US carrier.

  • ksat

    Still a number of question with both ISIS and Wallet.  The demo is cool and all, but, this would require a vending machine to be “connected.”  Seems a bit cost-prohibitive, to me. 

    Also seems like many of the P.O.S. systems would need refreshed to allow for this as well as loyalty cards.  I would think it would allow a single-swipe instead of multiple (one swipe for loyalty/rewards card, another for CC).  

    • Andrew Davis

      Most business will have an existing network infrastructure. Vending machines with built-in WLAN seems the best way to go.

  • John


  • Matthew Rosidivito

    So… it’s Google Wallet, but purple?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I’ts Google Wallet…. but Supported by the Carriers.

  • 4n1m4L

    So if verizon is going to junp on this bandwagon are they going to make it simpler to.add google wallet? If this is allowed they wont have an excuse for not allowing google wallet.

    • EC8CH

      “they wont have an excuse for not allowing google wallet.”

      they don’t have an excuse for not allowing google wallet.

      • Michael_NM

        Sure they do. Google won’t let them have a cut. Isis will.

  • Fg2srt4

    When will it be available, thats the real question.

    • Tim Swann

      probably Q3 

  • RedPandaAlex

    It would be a better showing if they made something that looks like a modern Android app.

  • EC8CH

    Oh… so ISIS is just like Google Wallet.

    The name was so stupid I didn’t know what it was supposed to do.

    • It’s actually not stupid at all.  Isis was an Ancient Egyptian goddess.


      • EC8CH


      • KevinC


      • Sinistar83

        Isn’t ISIS where Archer works?

        • LOVE THAT SHOW

          • Noyfb

            Archer: Bloody mary, blessed are you among cocktails. Pray for me now in the hour of my death, which I hope is soon. Amen.

      • Booboolala2000

        Unless she is the Greek goddess of NFC payments, it is kinda stupid.

  • xboxkid

    Looks legit.