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AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile confirm Isis mobile payments joint venture

The new service is to be called Isis, will be introduced in key geographic markets “during the next eighteen months” and aims to ultimately eliminate “the need for consumers to carry cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes.”

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ISIS: 'Aims to fundamentally transform how people shop, pay and save.'

AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA have officially announced the formation of a joint venture “chartered with building Isis, a national mobile commerce network that aims to fundamentally transform how people shop, pay and save.”

“Isis’ initial focus will be on building a mobile payment network that utilizes mobile phones to make point-of-sale purchases,” says the official announcement. “By utilizing smartphone and near field communication (NFC) technology to modernize the payments process, Isis intends to deliver new levels of competition and value to consumers and merchants. Isis expects to introduce its service in key geographic markets during the next 18 months.”

The announcement also confirms that Discover Financial Services and the US arm of UK bank Barclays are involved in the project and that Michael Abbott has been hired as chief executive of the new venture. “Formerly with GE Capital, Abbott is a veteran financial services executive with extensive experience in the payment and technology industries,” say the partners.

“Our mobile commerce network, through relationships with merchants, will provide an enhanced, more convenient, more personalized shopping experience for consumers,” says Abbott. “While mobile payments will be at the core of our offering, it is only the start. We plan to create a mobile wallet that ultimately eliminates the need for consumers to carry cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes.”

“We believe the venture will have the scope and scale necessary to introduce mobile commerce on a broad basis. In the beginning, we intend to fully utilize Discover’s national payment infrastructure as well as Barclaycard’s expertise in contactless and mobile payments,” Abbott continued. “Moving forward, Isis will be available to all interested merchants, banks and mobile carriers.”

The new venture is based in New York City. Further information is available at its website, www.paywithisis.com.

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  • ed

    I’m pretty sure we heard the news about the next Android OS coming out with NFC support. In addition, both Wal-Mart and Target is offering the iPhone4 for $220 with a $50/$40 gift card on Black Friday. There are small form factor tablets using Android OS already in Asia.

    With this said, I believe the “telco” element in NFC and other forms of m-payment frameworks is losing it’s luster. We can setup our own secured WLAN in high-density/high-volume commercial sectors to process payments and have our own NFC devices.

    I’m sorry but I cannot understand why the telco element has to be in play with it comes to NFC..everybody is not going to have a cell phone plan, much less a “smart phone” plan. I was in Wal-Mart the other day looking at 10 year old kids scanning prices with their iPod Touch 4.

  • ed

    Correction – iPod Touch, not iPhone4 is being offered on Black Friday.

  • http://www.ericsson.com Seamus

    There will be no need to have a ‘smart phone plan’ for available of mobile phone related transactions, telcos will provide this free for subscribers……banks/card issuers will be happy to pay telcos wholesale data rates to allow their mobile subscribers to pay for things using their ‘smart phone’ cards……

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