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Isis Mobile Wallet Finally Rolling Out Nationwide This Year


Anyone remember Isis Mobile Wallet, the joint venture mobile payment system created by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile? Anyone? No? Thought by many to be the only reason we can’t access Google Wallet on any of those three carriers, Isis’ nationwide rollout will finally happen this year, according to a press release from the company. 

For those not familiar, Isis is a mobile payment system that allows you to pay for items at during checkout at retailers with your mobile phone. Using NFC technology, a simple tap of your phone to a contactless terminal will allow you to keep your credit card and wallet in your pocket.

The service has been in testing since October of last year in Salt Lake City, UT and Austin, TX. Apps for it for each carrier have also been live in the Play store, but in order to use it, you need a special NFC-ready SIM card. We’ve already setup the service on our RAZR HD, providing a full guide on how you can get Isis up and running and obtain a NFC SIM.

No specific date was mentioned for the rollout of Isis, only that it would arrive “later this year.”

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Via:  Isis

  • Austin Blossey

    So what the hell am I supposed to use right now?? I have a Tmobile Galaxy S4 and I really would like to take advantage of NFC payments (As there are a lot of them in my area) and Wallet is blocked -__- Is there any other option right now?

  • sumbuddy

    I live in SLC and I’ve used isis a lot. From now until the end of Sept. I can ride public transportation for free. They are always offering sweet lunch deals for $1.00. There is a sandwich shop near my work that gives me a drink, sandwich, and chips for $1. All I do is pay with my phone. I like isis wallet. There are all sorts of promos they run. Popcorn and drink for a $1 at the movie theater when it would normally be about 7 or 8 bucks. I have no complaints about isis. Works every time I’ve used it with no issues.

  • johnediii

    I keep hearing people complain that no place takes it. McDonald’s for sure, but I live in a small midwestern town and all three grocery stores near my house have the NFC terminals. Many of the gas stations have it on the pumps so you can pay at the pump with it. I guess Michigan is no longer leading the auto industry but we’re leading the way on NFC capability.

  • Tower72

    As much as I miss Wallet from my old GNEX, I now have the AT&T Htc One and I read that that phone lacks the secure element needed to run these apps. So if thats true, HTC neutered these phones to not work with Wallet (aside from the Sprint variant ) or ISIS?!?!

  • Project Mayhem

    Never used any of these wallet apps before. Could care less 😛

  • Hoffman

    In a word… Yes!

  • skuver43

    I live in one of the test markets and was really excited to try it out… got the new set up and bonus $105 to start… what a dud! Available at very few merchants, and the ones they have on board are ones that I don’t frequent (Whataburger anyone?).

  • shecalledmejay

    Does the Moto X come NFC-ready?

    • Ghost X

      Moto X has NFC, but unfortunately, Google Wallet will only work on the Sprint version.

  • Proggr

    I have used Isis Wallet on Razr HD Maxx at paypass terminal McDonald’s. Worked fine & fast. Checkout person was impressed. May not be rolled out N-wide but works at McDees. Love it and will be glad when more terminals are in place. Go by Verizon and get the Sim card, download app, setup and you’re in.

  • CHRIS42060

    I cannot wait for Isis……. Oh wait I have Sprint I can just continue to use Google Wallet now.

  • I have an stock Nexus 4 and it has Google Wallet straight from the Play store. I think only Verizon aggressively blocks it. (I’m on T-mobile)

  • Since it uses an NFC SIM card couldn’t ISIS be made to work on ANY phone and not just NFC equipped ones?


    Can’t access Google Wallet on the Nexus 7, app will only work with Nexus 7 purchased directly from Google Play. Haven’t tried side loading yet

  • rocketdad

    I live in one of the ISIS test markets. I use Google Wallet at 15+ different locations monthly with more coming on board all the time. It works flawlessly on my rooted VZW gnex. ISIS was hyped for a few weeks last year with bus banners, TV ads and such but has really seemed like a no show. Just waiting for the next phone that gives me Wallet access so I know which carrier I’ll be with. Wallet is a deal maker for me.

    • Guest

  • Zack Kolev

    google needs to block ISIS from the play store unless carriers stop blocking Wallet.

  • lensgrabber

    I really wished Google would have done that physical card rumor we heard about earlier this year. Store all your CCs online in your wallet account and use the app to choose which credit card is actually being used when you swipe the Google Wallet physical card. 99% of the places I go do not have NFC and even then it was a crap shoot as to whether the reader would work. McDonalds is the only place I ever consistently would get a transaction without problems. I might eat there six times a year. Google Wallet w/ NFC just isn’t worth the hassle of changing build.prop and all the continued maintenance ROM after ROM for what little use I got out of it.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Isis is useless since I don’t have one of the 3 cards it supports and Verizon is kind enough to block Google Wallet and require a special SIM card making mobile payments impossible on my RAZR HD.

  • SchwannyT

    I did once actually have the “forgot my wallet” issue happen. Luckily had the phone and Wallet set up… problem solved

  • Chris512

    Unfortunately, I think more vendors won’t see the need to adopt the NFC technology unless mobile payments by NFC are included in the eye-fone. There are still a few places here and there where I get to blow people’s minds when I use Google Wallet on my VZW G-Nex. 🙂

  • Zach Armstrong

    Google Wallet works much better than this If only the carriers supported it

  • rutgersjaffo

    With the recent revelations as to security flaws and NFC, why would I want to use either Google Wallet or this? It’s not that hard to pull out my debit card, really. Just sayin…

  • SewWhat

    NO THANK YOU…I wouldn’t use it if they gave me money to do so. Specifically because of how they have been with Google Wallet. Just goes to show another brazen example of how carriers truly don’t believe in a free market system. If there were a true level playing field they know they would loose market share.

  • David Narada Brown

    Google Wallet works just fine for me. Isis, im not really interested.

  • TheWenger

    Thank God. I’ve been dying to have it.

    -No One Ever

  • Prox

    This is a pure money play by the 3 carriers. They are going to recieve a % of the credit/debit card transaction fees every time you uses ISIS. The only reason they wont allow Google Wallet is because it will take away from the their income. They use the security problem as the reason and its a complete lie and shame because ISIS has the same issues.

    There is no winner here because of the 3 carriers position on this issue. Customers are the ones losing.

  • nina

    i jumped on google wallet when it was first working on my gnex. but then after using it for a couple of months, at a very few selected places…it was ‘meh.’ i think if there were more places that accepted NFC payments, then i’d care more. but being limited to 7-eleven, and jack in the box, and others….it’s just not that fun anymore.

    • Prox

      Chicken and the egg dilemma

  • EC8CH

    Is it tomorrow yet?

    • Verizon

      No, it is last week.

      • EC8CH

        Whatever Verizon… you keep busy with your ridiculous ISIS mobile and don’t screw up the Moto X for all of us.

        • Verizon

          I’m hurt. I would never screw up the Moto X.

          I will only enhance it with a full screen Verizon logo wallpaper that can’t be changed. 2 or 3 logos on the back of the device and a picture/video watermark that has a giant full screen logo across the middle. Then I will make it even better by pre-installing Microsoft Office, Bing, Apple Maps and Siri. All the things our customers want.

          • EC8CH

            LEAVE MOTO X ALONE!

          • Verizon


          • SamsungFTW

            Awwww no VZ Navigator :'(

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Does the app still look like a reject from Gingerbread instead of being updated to Holo guidelines?

    Also, to those looking for NFC in an iPhone, there’s a reason it requires an NFC SIM and it has nothing to do with “secure elements”….

  • Steve B

    Droid Life readers should all boycott Isis purely on principal.

    • KleenDroid

      Didn’t work well on something huge like unlimited data. Won’t work on this.

      People are weak and have very short memories.

      If they simply offer $5 bucks to try it out everyone will come in droves.

      Wave something shiny at people and they will become hypnotized. They will give up Google Wallet, unlimited data, anything really.

      • middlehead

        They offered $100 to try it out. There were restrictions, and I think the promo’s dead by now, but they actually offered $100 to sign up for it.

  • Steve B

    I seriously don’t see why Google Wallet has been so freaking slow to adopt. I used it flawlessly for years on my Gnex with zero issues. Anytime I found a place to use it, I was on it. People were always in awe that I could pay with a tap of my phone. It really pisses me off that the carriers or whoever is blocking Google Wallet. I cannot freaking wait to move back to a Nexus device this fall and ditch Verizon forever.

    • Edward Smith

      Isis was a coordinated strategy by Verizon, T-Mobile & AT&T being lead by former GE Capital leadership in an effort to control where transaction fees go. See https://www.paywithisis.com/about-leadership.xhtml
      Think about it: if purchases gradually all shift to NFC style transactions that pass through Google Wallet the interchange and transaction handling fees go to Google and the credit card holding companies.
      GE Capital is a very big lending organization that can see the profits to be had; all they had to do was find a way to slow adoption of Google Wallet long enough to get their option in to place. If the market was free and open this would be nearly impossible.
      Luckily for GE Capital and the ISIS alliance the oligopoly they control has allowed them to set the default software state of most of the mobile phone market in the USA. The few of you that root your devices are a mere pittance to the vast droves of people that are willing to wait for the seamless NFC payment method that will eventually come out of ISIS.

      This is why Google Wallet has been slow to deploy: an intentional strategy to wrest profits from an established market space.

  • FAL_Fan

    The problem here is that ISIS doesn’t work on rooted phones…so half the readers of this site are automatically excluded.

    • sk3litor

      But if your riooted you can just use wallet

  • Jon Kruse

    Will never use it unless they add more credit card companies to it. Right now they only accept American Express, Chase, and capital one. That is their “wide range of cards” haha.

    • mustbepbs

      They’re about the only people in the world that accept American Express 😛

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        That’s a bit of an exaggeration. This isn’t 10 years ago

    • middlehead

      And it’s not even all cards from those companies. My Capital One card wasn’t eligible when I tried to sign up for that $100 promo a while back.

      • Jon Kruse

        Didn’t know that. Pretty said that they are putting themselves in that small of a market.

  • JonathonFlores

    Thanks but not thanks. I prefer Google Wallet on my Google phone.

  • MichaelFranz

    having been someone who is working on the POS side to get ISIS working. it has been a nightmare. I also worked on Google wallet project when it was annouced and that ran very smoothly from a software side. It seem ISIS peopel have no idea what is going on and are limiting things to test..

    btw…paypal mobile payments are no better…perhaps even worse.


  • ToddAwesome

    I’ll be more interested in mobile payments when mobile payments are more widely accepted. Ah, the vicious cycle.

  • Captain Spaulding

    Yet another feature that iTards are sheltered from. 😛

    • MichaelFranz

      true, but once those iTards get it, it will be something widely used….Problem is carriers and OEM’s not pushing the NFC tech enough. If apple does it before this rolls out, they have a chance if not they will fail

      • Captain Spaulding

        I don’t see myself using it very much, anyhow. I would really like to see GW take off, but Isis seems to have a lot more businesses on board.

        • MichaelFranz

          to be honest the difference between google wallet and ISIS boils down to branding. No matter where you go as long as long as the payment device has an NFC reader you can use either. I was able to use google wallet on my gnex at so many mobil stations or anywhere with an NFC tap and pay. Always worked with no issues

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    hmmmm… Kind of annoyed that the carriers ran off Wallet… but looking forward to checking out ISIS… Hopefully 3 top carriers will help give mobile wallets a foothold. . . . As for Sprint….smh they’re never in anything…. It’s like someone in the meeting said… “NO DON’T CALL DAN HESSE! You know how he is!”

  • JMAR

    Instructions unclear, dick stuck in wallet.

  • ITGuy11

    I hope that this is an epic fail.

  • Sean Halpin

    Or I could just keep side-loading Google Wallet..

    • MichaelFranz

      of course you can side load but once its activated (unless you are a nexus owner or s3 owner and tweak your build.prop) it tells you you can not use it…..carriers suck

      • coolsilver

        Xposed framework fixes that.

        • SkylaC90

          I know right, I freaking love Xposed, best android creation to date

      • KleenDroid

        Yes there are tweaks that need done, but those are not the only phones you can use it on.

        Works fine on the S4

        Its available for those that root and ROM their phones.

        But yes carriers suck 🙂

        • MichaelFranz

          sucks to have to tweak it, i havent tried it on my razr hd…dont wanna bork anything….just hoping Moto X solves all problems wrong in android mobile world….

          • EC8CH

            I’m more or a Trekkie, but…

            Droid = Anakin Skywalker = Promised to bring openness and freedom to the world of mobile computing only to be corrupted and built into an army of locked and bloated devices.

            Verizon = Emperor Palpatine = Pure Evil

            Moto X = Luke Skywalker = A New Hope

          • MichaelFranz

            up-vote for beautiful comparison

          • Gnex

            Dude I think I love you

          • Verizon
          • tomn1ce

            Is that an ipad mini or a supersized iphone? lol

          • Ghost X

            Sorry to disappoint, but only the Sprint version of the Moto X will be able to use Google Wallet. The T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T variants will use ISIS.

            source: I work at Moto and been testing the Moto X for the last 4 months.

          • Ryan

            Doesn’t surprise me, but then again, there isn’t any wide-spread adoption of NFC so far to make Isis or Google Wallet viable. It is extremely rare to find any NFC terminals in DFW alone, let alone other parts of the country.

            Definitely be nice, but I have little hope that any of this will take off without (sad, but its the truth) Apple actually doing something about it on the iPhone.

          • Tim242

            I used GW all over Dallas, and even Little Rock I use it several timesper week. You should download the MMasterCard Paypass app.

          • Ryan

            I don’t have an NFC device anyway aside from my Nexus 7 (Gen1), but its more a hassle to lug a 7″ tablet around than my Bionic right now.

          • michael arazan

            But once ISIS is out and verizon doesn’t allow GWallet then it will be unfair business practices, a law, against wallet and eventually should be able to sue over.

          • michael arazan

            But once ISIS is out and verizon doesn’t allow GWallet then it will be unfair business practices, a law, against wallet and eventually should be able to sue over.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Tried that. Doesn’t work on RAZR HD even with a custom ROM. It will also never be supported the new Nexus 7 since it lacks the secure element that Google Wallet needs anyway.

    • mustbepbs

      Yeah until it screws up your secure element somehow and you can never use it again.

      Sideloading Google Wallet has always been an absolute nightmare.

      • coolsilver

        I believe they rely less on storing data now on the phone other than secure element encryption data.

      • BobbyG

        Never have a problem with it on my VZN GNex

      • KleenDroid

        I’ve done it tons of times and never an issue.

        On my Gnex I probably loaded it 30 times after switching from ROM to ROM.

      • ToddAwesome

        Wallet fried the secure element in my GNex long ago, thankfully Samsung replaced it under warranty, and they were kind enough to send my phone back unlocked. Fancy that.

  • ToddAwesome

    Will this bork my secure element like Wallet did?

    • EC8CH

      yes, but it also charges you a fee for borking it.

  • Verizon

    Soon I will have control over all the moneys!

    • TuckandRoll84

      You get an up vote even though this makes me sad.

      • Verizon

        You get an upvote because you are sad that I control your moneys.