From today, customers of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile with an NFC phone can collect an Isis-enabled SIM from any of the carriers' stores in the two pilot cities.
Isis has switched on its NFC payments and offers service in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah.
"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," says the carrier-owned NFC joint venture.
Consumers interested in using the new NFC service, says Isis, should:
- 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
- Download the Isis Mobile Wallet application from Google Play
- 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.
- 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 in Austin and Salt Lake City represents a milestone for both Isis and the mobile commerce industry," says Ryan Hughes, Isis' chief marketing officer. "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."
The long-awaiting start of Isis' pilot trials in the two cities has been welcomed by MasterCard, Visa and American Express.
"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," adds Mung Ki Woo at 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."
"The launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet is an important step toward accelerating mobile payments in the United States and maximizing convenience for consumers," says Bill Gajda, head of mobile product at Visa. "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."
"Today's launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet is a significant achievement in terms of enabling consumer adoption of mobile payments," says Suzan Kereere, senior vice president and general manager for 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 US."