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Here are the Isis Approved Devices From Each Carrier, Service Launching in September

This morning, T-Mobile announced that a new update for the Galaxy S2 would include support for Isis, the mobile wallet app that they have teamed with AT&T and Verizon to create. For months, Isis news had cooled, but today is apparently the day for it all to come out. Bloomberg is reporting that Isis’ CEO has said that they are planning for a launch in their first markets, Austin, TX and Salt Lake City, next month. This is technically a delay, but the slow rollout has to do with a change in approach from having carriers process payments to putting that side of the business on the credit card companies. 

In related news, we have a list of devices on each carrier that MasterCard has given Isis approval to. The list isn’t extensive, but then again, NFC equipped phones haven’t exactly started flooding the market yet as mobile payment systems like this have taken their sweet time. For Verizon, we get the Incredible 4G and Galaxy S3. The Galaxy Nexus is not listed. Soooooo, if Verizon won’t allow Google Wallet to work on it and MasterCard won’t give it Isis approval, where does that leave us?


  • DROID Incredible 4G LTE
  • Samsung Galaxy S3


  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • HTC One X


  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Samsung Galaxy S2

Now all we need is for this trial period in SLC and Austin to take place so that the rest of the country can get in on the fun.

Via:  MasterCard | BloombergNFC Phones

  • I’m curious if Isis and Google wallet can use the same nfc pay terminal. I’ve been using wallet but it will be nice if more stores get the terminal. So far only mcdonalds and 7 11 have them here in salt lake.

  • LionStone

    That’s awesome…which makes the Dinc4 all the more relevant… but I can use Wallet as well on the N7. Oh I have it installed on the Droid but sadly its blocked 🙁 I remember when I was installing it I was thinking oh please oh please let me have a freak device where it just happened to work…but nope.

  • Josh Karwoski

    “Soooooo, if Verizon won’t allow Google Wallet to work on it and MasterCard won’t give it Isis approval, where does that leave us?”

    That leaves us going over to XDA Developers or Rootzwiki for a solution.

  • Jim McClain

    Not sure my wallet works. Didn’t work,then I rooted and put jellybean on my phone and then updated,I’m getting the ‘unsupported’ banner, not sure if that means it’s working or not,anyone know?

    • it works, they are just saying that cause your rooted and they want to cover their asses, just in cause something happens

  • umataro42

    If the Verizon Galaxy Nexus isn’t on the “approved for Isis” list, then what the hell was the point of Verizon blocking Google Wallet?! I know they claim it was for security measures, but I think we all know its because they were coming out with their own NFC payment system (Isis).

    If there’s a hack, I might consider it, since Chase was one of the partners, so I can direct link my Chase Freedom card, but honestly, I’m fine just adding funds to my prepaid Google Wallet card, and its not like there’s a lot of places that have PayPass, and of those that do, not all the terminals are working properly.

    • MasterEthan

      Been using Google Wallet on my phone since day one of owning my Galaxy Nexus. Now on Jelly Bean Rom and still running Google Wallet. Also Google Wallet no longer requires Citi Card or Prepaid, I have my Bank of America Debit Card, CapitalOne Credit Card, USAA Credit Card, and PayPal Debit Card all in Google Wallet. Think it was about 2-3 months ago they updated their model and allow you to add any Credit/Debit Card for use with NFC purchase over Google Wallet. Really handy and works flawlessly.

      • umataro42

        I’ve been using Google Wallet since soon after getting my Galaxy Nexus too. No JB though, I’m unlocked and rooted, but I like the stock ROM, and I’m fine with ICS for now.

        The reason I haven’t added any of my other cards to Wallet was they have category based cash back bonuses, and it seemed like if I charge something through Google Wallet, the charge would just show up as “Google”, and not from a restaurant, or drug store, etc. That, and the fact that most places I use my card for the rewards don’t have PayPass anyway.

        I agree it works flawlessly, but only when it works. Half the places I’ve tried so far don’t have working PayPass terminals, but they either don’t know they’re not working or don’t care enough to fix it.

  • Who uses a Mastercard?

    • Gebinsk

      Who differentiates between a Visa and a MasterCard?

  • tomn1ce

    F*ck vzw for f*cking up the G-Nexus…..those morons messed up the G-Nexus before it was even released…

  • moelsen8

    f*ck isis

  • Why do the carriers thinkl this is the future, that this is what will catch on? It’s only going to available on a very select list of phones which kills it there, but is further killed by the complete lack of store support.
    Google Wallet works via MasterCard’s PayPass technology from what I understand, so any merchant that has a PayPass scanner (and there’s many of them) can accept Google Wallet. ISIS is a whole nother thing that is going to take years for merchants to adopt, but why should they when so few phones support it? They get no benefit.
    Google Wallet is what will run circles around ISIS for the fact that it works on any NFC phone and uses PayPass, in my experience, 7/10 merchants have PayPass scanners. ISIS is dead on arrival. Nobody is going to use this. I just can’t fathom why so much money is being wasted on development for this..

    • Mike

      If you look at the nfc-phones link. It shows that CrapSIS will use PayPass as well.

      • If that’s the case, then why can you only use it in 2 cities?

        • Mike

          I just went off that site. I would guess its their beta for the app.

    • Ted

      Verizon is being greedy…You use isis and they get money for each and every single transaction. but of course they won’t pass any savings on to the customer. They should let price of phones since they are supplementing the income if you use isis. at least with Google most things they have if not all are free.

  • PhillipCun

    I was curious in trying it… then I saw that the GNex isn’t on the list… I’m tired of all these carriers trying to make every single dime they can. Go away.

  • kervation

    Using Google Wallet, not interested in Isis.

  • Brian

    dVerizon Galaxy Nexus… the whole experience has been the exact opposite of what I was expecting… Instead of the first, most, diverse, best, amazing we receive the last( if at all), least, limited, worst, disappointing. I’ve been had!!!

    • Unlock, Root, Flash, it will be okay.

    • PhillipCun

      You can thank Verizon for that…. Crippled the experience, BUT other than my OG Droid. This is the best experience I have ever had on Verizon. I will admit that much.

  • Crazydog

    The Galaxy Nexus must be too open.

  • DontBeConfused

    Can’t wait for the fcc to fine verizon

  • Ryan

    I’ll stick with Wallet. Especially since you can add any card now…

  • ScottyByrd

    Google Wallet or nothing. Especially since they are blocking it specifically because they backed something else. Go Google!

  • Bigsike

    It WILL be put on the Gnex mark my words.

  • What would make people use this over Google Wallet ?

    • Booyah

      Exactly. I’d rather use an official Google product over something Verizon developed.

      • Max_Hardcore

        Verizon didn’t develop Isis. It’s a joint venture with AT&T and T-Mobile. Isis is essentially its own company that is just backed by the 3 of the 4 biggest wireless carriers in the nation.

        Google Wallet seems a bit better and easier to use. These carriers should give the consumers the option but with them pouring money into Isis I doubt that will happen.

        • Cowboydroid

          It would be illegal for Verizon to block Google Wallet, not just based on spectrum rules, but especially if they were only trying to promote their own service.

          • you would think that it would be illegal, but it doesn’t seem to be since that’s what their doing.

    • michael interbartolo

      most the carriers block Google Wallet because of how Google implemented it (using the sim card for part of the security I believe). somehow Paypal implements their NFC payments as a straight up app that the carriers can’t block. wallet the carriers can block access to part of the phone hardware that wallet needs even if they are no longer running carrier software. I am running CM9 on a skyrocket and wallet is no joy.

  • EC8CH

    Do we all need to revert back to Froyo to install Isis?

    • What would make people use this over Google Wallet ?..Millionaire4Project.blogspot.com

      • i think mainly cause they wouldnt block this like they have been blocking google wallet

        • michael arazan

          My email from Gwallet says that I can now use any of my credit cards on my Gwallet service. says to add visa, mastercard, discover, and american express. Also states I can add any debit card to Gwallet as well. Along with a new security feature that allows me to disable Gwallet if I lose my phone. Email from Aug 23rd.
          Hopefully more retailers will take notice and start implementing the nfc pay other than 7/11, gas stations and petco. My local walgreens has one but never activated it cause no one had ever asked to use it before, except me.

      • Matt

        Go The F*ck. AWAY.

  • llwang

    I’m NEVER going to use Isis, just because they are blocking Google Wallet to promote it.

  • Katie Pollard

    No Galaxy Nexus?! LAME!! I live in SLC, and have been looking forward to trying this out. Guess I’m just not going to be able to take advantage of NFC payments until I get a new phone, since my Google Wallet is bricked.

    • rooster215

      Agreed, I too live in SLC and really wanted to try out this service.

  • Like others said, it leaves us using Google Wallet anyway. Meh.

  • Inquizitor

    No Droid 1? Give it a few months.

    • TheCheapGamer

      With the right dev and stick on NFC, it will happen.

  • Chris Pinola

    yeah, i’ll stick with Wallet, thank you very much.

  • Dima Aryeh

    No AT&T S2? Hell, we have NFC…

  • Eric Markson

    Thats okay…Google wallet is and will always be better.

  • will bartlett

    I’ll keep using Wallet.

  • SirSoloDolo

    No GNex? Google Wallet FTW!

    • Not like that would have changed my decision. 🙂