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Isis Mobile Wallet Goes Live Today in Austin and Salt Lake City – Devices Available From Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T

As was announced by Isis PR briefly last week, the first two test markets for their Isis Mobile Wallet application go live today, October 22. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all have “Isis Ready” handsets available, so if you live in either Salt Lake City, UT or Austin, TX, you will want to stop by a store to receive a new NFC SIM card. After that, you will need to download the Isis app from the Google Play store, before you take off on a shopping spree.

There are a total of 11 devices that are “Isis Ready” today, only one from Verizon – the DROID Incredible 4G LTE. Isis plans to have 20 available by the end of the year, between all carriers.

Update:  Verizon released a statement moments ago, detailing their plans for Isis. In it, they mentioned that the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD will have Isis support by the end of the week (only in the test markets, of course).

ISIS, a joint venture among Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile, is doing just that. On Monday, Oct. 22, customers in Salt Lake City and Austin will be able to download the ISIS Mobile Wallet from Google Play to the DROID Incredible 4G LTE by HTC, visit stores in Austin and Salt Lake City to get a new SIM card, then add their credit, debit and loyalty cards into the Wallet and begin using it at many retailers in both cities. ISIS Mobile Wallet will be available on the DROID RAZR HD by Motorola and DROID RAZR MAXX HD by Motorola this week.

Still no word on a nationwide rollout of the service. 

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Info:  Verizon | AT&T | T-Mobile

Isis™ Launches in Austin And Salt Lake City; as many as 20 Isis Ready™ Handsets to be Available by Year End

AUSTIN, TEXAS and SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – October 22, 2012 – Isis™, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, today announced the availability of the Isis Mobile Wallet™ in Austin and Salt Lake City. Starting today, consumers can visit their AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon retail location and select from nine Isis Ready™ handsets, with an expected 11 additional handsets coming to market by year end.

“The launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet in Austin and Salt Lake City represents a milestone for both Isis and the mobile commerce industry,” said Ryan Hughes, chief marketing officer, Isis. “With as many as 20 Isis Ready handsets headed to market by year end, we are experiencing an unprecedented level of support for NFC and consumer choice.”

How to Get Started With the Isis Mobile Wallet on October 22:

  1. Visit an AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA or Verizon Wireless retail store in Austin or Salt Lake City to receive a secure element SIM and ensure your handset model is Isis Ready
  2. Download the Isis Mobile Wallet application from Google Play
  3. Load an eligible American Express, Capital One or Chase credit card into the Isis Mobile Wallet or get started with the Isis Cash™ card that comes in every Wallet.
  4. Get out and get tapping at any of the hundreds of locations across Austin and Salt Lake City where contactless payments are accepted, a full list of which can be found at www.paywithisis.com.

“The launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet is an important step toward accelerating mobile payments in the United States and maximizing convenience for consumers” said Bill Gajda, head of mobile product, Visa Inc. “Isis’ open approach directly aligns with Visa’s strategy of enabling consumers to make mobile payments with whatever device they choose using the trusted accounts they already have.”

“MasterCard has been working with industry partners like Isis to turn mobile phones into secure payment devices and create better shopping experiences for both consumers and merchants,” said Mung Ki Woo, group executive, mobile, MasterCard Worldwide. “The use of NFC technology is a path to an improved consumer experience, and the launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet – combined with the growing number of NFC-enabled handsets – will help make mobile commerce a reality for millions of consumers.”

“Today’s launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet is a significant achievement in terms of enabling consumer adoption of mobile payments,” said Suzan Kereere, senior vice president and general manager, American Express, Global Network Business.  “Mobile commerce holds the promise of dramatically enhancing consumers’ shopping experience, and American Express’ first priority as a network is to provide choice and flexibility for all industry participants as we work together to influence the speed and growth of mobile NFC payments in the U.S.”

For more information on specific Isis Ready handsets, please visit an AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA or Verizon Wireless retail location in Austin or Salt Lake City.

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 venture that will fundamentally transform how people shop, pay and save. The Isis™ mobile commerce network will be available to all merchants, banks, payment networks 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.

  • MCKBULLDOG02

    I have the note 2 on Verizon and after I ordered the sim card required for it, i was able to get isis activated and a physcial isis card mailed out to me. You need to tell Verizon customer care you need a sim card with isis support or known as the sim card with NFC and you need to tell them that you need the sku # to have the word NFC in it. I talked to 3 stupid reps that knew nothing of what i was saying and nor didnt know what isis was and claimed that they dont offer it, thats what pisses me off when people work for companies that dont know thier own products, after 4 tries i got a tech geek on the phone that knew exactly what i needed. They shipped it and it works just great, i am afraid to root my phone because it says if you root device, then isis may not work.

    Select Devices that will work on isis

    Note 2

    Stratosphere 2

    Droid DNA

    Razr HD

    HTC Incredible

    Razr Maxx

  • Chelsea Richards

    This perfect fit to be in a Verizon carrier and for a CDMA
    technology no drop calls, no delay message both multi-media and SMS and lastly
    4G internet coverage…

    Distrophonix.com

  • http://twitter.com/razinlightyear AndrewRazin

    I am disliking Verizon more and more. Saying this in SLC with my Galaxy Nexus

  • CHRIS42060

    In other news Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have aligned creating the Axis of Greed.

  • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

    I wanted to try this out since I am in SLC but I have a Galaxy Nexus. Maybe someone will come out with a apk that works.

  • Cracker Jack

    So why is this so difficult for these telcos to implement. Google made Wallet available on pretty much every NFC enabled phone but with ISIS you need a new SIM card and it’s only supported on select devices. Why not the GNEX. It’s supposed to be a flag ship phone????
    I think I’ll just stick with Google Wallet.

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    So since ISIS uses NFC Sim cards would it be possible to use it on a non-NFC device such as my Droid Razr (non HD)?

  • a.youth.in.Asia

    The people spoke, Google Wallet. No ISIS or SimplyTapp

  • http://www.goosio.com/ Adam Siekmann

    So VZW won’t give us GNex people this or Google Wallet. Great!

  • Jw

    God for bid they allow us to use google wallet. I thought there were federal laws banning monopolies from existing but I suppose att and verizon are exempt from those silly things

    • MikeCiggy

      I think because they didnt launch the service yet it’s not breaking those rules but once Isis is released I think they will have to unblock google wallet. And us techies can definitely bring it to the attention of the FCC.

    • michael arazan

      What ever happened to Fair Business Practices Act. Best thing about Isis is the reviews from all the people telling T-Mo And Verizon to unblock Gwallet and rated it 1 star

  • John

    & Why the f’ing hell are the screenshots done in 2.2 ?

  • LegalAmerican

    Seems like VISA would be a better option. I swear this whole “wallet” cell phone payment business is taking 5 times longer than it probably needs to.

    • Itchy_Robot

      I hear ya. I bought a S3 thinking I would be able to use it as my credit card (Wallet-NFC) only to find out the NFC is pretty much useless; unless you are sharing media with other S3’s. It seems like this NFC wallet thing is one big money grab by the carriers. Which also seems very illegal … but what do I know about corperation legality =/

  • http://twitter.com/DerekWeber Derek Weber

    So you can only tie Isis to one of three credit cards? I won’t be doing business with either of those three so I guess Isis isn’t for me.

  • http://twitter.com/kilxler tony

    @KELLEX Silly question but can the users take VZW (or any carrier) to court if they can’t use there phone to there full functionality? I have an S3 and I’m not capable of doing everything that the phone can do because it’s being locked down even thought I paid for it. Basically the question is can user’s do a class action on VZW for holding phone technology back for their own monetary reason? Why should I wait when the technology is there? If I have to wait because they want to roll out something to put cash in there pockets then how can that be legal?

    • Jw

      The contract you signed bars you from filing class action suits. Only thing you can do is file a complaint with the FTC for violating anti trust laws. Seeing how they have barred a competing companies product which unlawfully creates a monopoly.

      • http://twitter.com/kilxler tony

        Monopoly was the first word I thought. Your on my wavelength. That is what I thought exactly.

    • WAldenIV

      They will argue that you [b][i]can[/b][/i] use NFC to share playlists, navigation, website urls, etc.

  • Tim242

    The name and UI are awful
    . It’s too limited. Google Wallet is much better. The really sad part is that Verizon blocked Google Wallet on the Nexus, and will not even support ISIS on it. What a shame.

    • kixofmyg0t

      And the RAZR HD. Even rooted I can’t get it to work.

    • MikeCiggy

      No Isis support for the Gnex? Seriously… is this confirmed?

      • Tim242

        Yes, that has been confirmed. Verizon released a list of supported phones a few months ago. I know the Dinc 4G was on the list. No Nexus.

  • NexusPhan69

    So if you have an NFC enabled phone and you want to use ISIS you have to go get an NFC enabled SIM card? Will there be a conflict between both NFCs? I have a bad feeling that Verizon et all are going to start pushing back against manufacturers shipping NFC enabled phones. They want all the control. Disgusting.

    • bitpimpin

      That’s what I’m wondering about… isn’t the advantage of NFC that it’s a universal standard (like bluetooth)??? imagine if you needed a special SIM card every time y ou got a new Bluetooth device… Are we missing something? Kellex can you clarify?

    • http://www.nfc-phones.org/nfc-tags/ Joao Rostli

      Sim has a secure element (SE), no NFC chip. NFC chip in your phone. Some phones can have 2 SE’s, an embedded and another on the SIM.

  • Ken Bosse

    I’m willing to try it, bring it to Boston…or just give me freaking Google Wallet VZW. I don’t know how many stores I went into this weekend and they all were GW ready.

  • nightscout13

    Any fellow readers from SLC that can verify its working properly?

    • Teng Taing

      Im in SLC but i have a Gnex and the only one listed thats working for VZW is the Incredible 4G LTE.

  • DanSan

    so let me get this right… i need to go down to verizon, get a new SIM card with special ISIS bs programming in order for me to even use this? am i missing something?

    • kixofmyg0t

      Yes you are, we all are. It’s called Google Wallet.

  • MttFrog13

    This seems like it will be a slow and cumbersome process rolling isis out. We will not only have to wait for isis enabled stores, but isis enabled phones? Seems kind of silly when basically any phone with an nfc chip can use google wallet and single google piggy-backed on mastercard’s paypass, it’s already at a lot of gas stations and grocery stores.

    • WAldenIV

      I agree. The problem is that some of the big cellular players entered into a business deal with Isis some time ago.

  • John

    Yawwn

  • kretz7

    Sweet, I can’t wait for Android 1.5 to come out.

    • T4rd

      Just root your phone! I have Cupcake running on my Gnex and it’s stupendous!

  • HotRodJohnson

    As a consumer I would be willing to try this if it even comes to my city and phone, but I hate the fact that a competing app has been disabled just because. If the app is good, it will earn hearts and minds, but if you disable competing apps just because you aren’t ready, you will earn ire!

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing

  • Doan

    Pass.