Isis Carrier Support Will Add Momentum to Mobile Payment Adoption
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Isis mobile wallet will work first with Android phones. But will support others soon and will ultimately bring Near-Field Communication (NFC) to the iPhone.Three of the four major wireless carriers in the United States are supporting the release of the new Isis mobile-payment app, and in the process are enabling NFC-based payments on a wide scale to many wireless phones. The three carriers are Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Currently, the Isis Mobile Wallet supports most Chase and American Express consumer credit cards, American Express Open small-business cards and the American Express Serve pre-paid card. Isis is currently available for Android phones that support Near-Field Communication. A spokesperson for Isis told eWEEK that Isis will support other NFC-capable phones, including phones running Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10. The spokesperson said that Isis will be releasing an NFC sleeve for the iPhone that will add Near-Field Communication to Apple's product, something that Apple itself has not done. The spokesperson declined to provide a timeline for the new versions of Isis or for the iPhone NFC sleeve, beyond saying it would be "soon."
Smartphone users can download the Isis Android app from Google Play onto a phone that supports NFC. Before you can use Isis, the phone must be equipped with an enhanced security SIM card, which all three carriers say will be available to customers at no extra charge.