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ISIS Mobile Wallet Adds American Express Serve to Limited List of Cards

Isis Mobile Wallet – the joint venture mobile payment system of AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile – hasn’t exactly won over our hearts since its official launch earlier this month. With limited card support, we aren’t finding a way to even get started with the service. Since Isis only supports Chase and American Express cards, adding your everyday bank card or Visa isn’t possible at the moment. Well, it sort of is now, in a round-about way. 

Isis announced this morning that it now supports American Express Serve. Serve acts in a way like a re-loadable prepaid card, or the new Google Wallet card if you will, as it can be loaded up with cash from almost any debit or credit card, and bank account. Once given cash, Serve can be used at anywhere that accepts American Express.

We’re actually users of Serve here at DL because it allows us easy expense management with cash rather than credit, and the power to manage sub-accounts for a handful of users. To see it added to Isis is certainly a step in the right direction for the fledgling mobile payment service.

Via:  Serve
  • MagnaForce

    Did you read the part about the fee that will be charged per transaction? $2.95 – that is higher than some ATM fees. Yes they give you money up front but they will get it and then some later. Google wallet is absolutely free and no hidden transaction fees.

  • Prasanna Rajan

    Is it me or anyone thought of ‘Archer’ when you saw ISIS?

  • kaufman465

    The serve card has been available on Isis since national launch. You get $20 for setting it up on the wallet! Don’t know where you guys have been.

  • a) youth.in.asia

    Google Wallet

  • Ryan

    You can link any credit or debit card to the serve card in Isis. Once the free $10 is spent any purchase simply pulls from the linked account. Not sure why DL hasn’t figured that out yet. And as a previous poster mentioned, you get 20% back of the first $1000 you spend. Anyone want a free $200? It’s a great deal. And to those that keep touting Google Wallet, did you not know that Google wallet processes your banking data in the cloud vs. Isis that uses a secure element on the SIM? Isis is much more secure.

    • Ryan

      One more thing I would like to clarify, this article is simply inaccurate. Since the first day Isis was launched you could link virtually any debit or credit card to the serve card. You don’t have to use only an Amex or Chase card. And it’s not a prepaid card or a card you have to load with money. Again, bad reporting.

      • djdsf

        Dear Verizon emplo… I mean Ryan, Google wallet would be safer if it wasn’t for ISIS which blocked wallet from using tap and pay since they wanted to do that. Once a secure element is assigned a service, other services can’t use it. If they would have let wallet work, then ISIS would not have been able to use the secure nfc and would have been dead in the water. Is ISIS more secure? Yes, but it’s not convenient and they are to blame for what Google has to do which is process in the cloud and not locally.

        • Ryan

          Nonsense. Are you really that uninformed? Good Wallet has been around for years and there is nothing preventing folks from using it. Yes, in the past it had to be downloaded as an app and Verizon did block it from download from the Play Store, but anyone with half a brain could figure it out, other than you apparently. And again, the report here on DL is not accurate. Notice how you didn’t address the points I made, you simply continue the evil Verizon bit. I don’t work for Verizon. I’m simply pointing out facts, which seem to bother you for some reason.

          • SuperSam64

            Wrong. The old version of Google Wallet could NOT simply be side loaded – you had to root your phone, then employ some hack such as a build.prop mod because Verizon blocked it from all their devices. These are not the kind of modifications for “anyone with half a brain” as they can easily harm your device if you don’t know what you’re doing. Isis deserves the hate it gets for being greedy and monopolistic. They can give me $2000 for every $1000 I spend and I’ll never use them because my sense of morality is not for sale.

  • John

    Been using ISIS with Serve for about 2 weeks. It’s great that they give you $10. I’m still trying to find the new coke vending machines that you can use this with.

  • DC_Guy

    If only it would work on my Verizon Note 3 🙁

    • laheelahee

      i know.. its weird b/c it works for the S4…

    • ki11ak3nn

      Download the ISIS apk. Look online. You’ll probably find it in the forums somewhere. I’ve been using it on my VZ Note 3 for over a week. Works well, just not too many places that support contactless payments.

  • Intellectua1

    Booooo!!!! I have Chase and would never use this crap.. Google Wallet is working just fine on my S4

  • BaconEater
    • laheelahee

      obligatory +1 rating

  • vwbeetlvr

    This is old news. I’ve been doing it about a week, and everything purchased with serve gets an automatic 20% refund for the next month, up to $1000 in purchases.

    • michael arazan

      How much is Verizon charging to use their ISIS payment system?

      • Michael Martin

        well since I am actually loving my new g2 and havent gotten the urge to toss on a custom rom just yet, I got a nfc sim and signed up for isis today. That was the first thing I asked, and was told its free….