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    Mobile payments awareness up in North America, but usage remains flat

    October 19th, 2016

    Nearly six in 10 North American consumers (56%) are now aware of mobile payment services — a 4% increase from this time last year, research from Accenture has revealed. However, the regular use of mobile… More

    Softcard to be on 100 phones by year’s end

    November 10th, 2014

    US carrier joint venture Softcard’s NFC mobile payments service will be available on more than 100 devices by the end of the year. “We believe in customer choice — it’s one of our core principles and an important factor in driving widespread consumer adoption,” says CEO Michael Abbott. Softcard currently runs on selected Android and Windows Phone devices, with support for iOS planned.

    No support for carriers’ NFC SIMs in Apple devices?

    September 10th, 2014

    Softcard, the US carrier-backed NFC venture formerly known as Isis, won’t have access to the NFC support in the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch until 2015, a blog post by CEO… More

    Isis to rebrand as Softcard

    September 3rd, 2014

    US NFC mobile payments venture Isis has chosen Softcard as its new name. The move follows a July decision to abandon its original name in response to the growing profile of the Isis militant group. “The inherent simplicity of Softcard gives it the potential to become a category defining name,” CEO Michael Abbott explains in a blog post. “That’s a bold aspiration, but one that matches the breadth of our vision.”

    NFC payments venture Isis to change its name

    July 8th, 2014

    Isis, the NFC venture set up by US carriers AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, is to get a new name. The move is in response to the growing profile of the Isis militant group. “From our… More

    Isis reports 20,000 new mobile wallet users a day

    May 15th, 2014

    Isis saw its user adoption growth rate double last month and is now adding an average of 20,000 new users a day, Michael Abbott, CEO of the US carrier-led NFC venture, has revealed. “Since our… More

    Isis considers HCE as monthly growth hits 50%

    March 7th, 2014

    US NFC venture Isis is considering using host card emulation (HCE) to store a user’s loyalty card and coupon information, the company has told NFC World, and is also looking into supporting HCE for credit… More

    Isis NFC mobile wallet goes live across the US

    November 14th, 2013

    NFC payments are now available to AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless subscribers across the US, with the national launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet. A 20% discount on their first $200 of purchases made with… More

    Isis to give away a million smoothies

    October 16th, 2013

    US NFC joint venture Isis has teamed up with Jamba Juice to offer up to one million free smoothies to consumers who tap and pay using their Isis Mobile Wallet. Starting later this year shoppers will be able to… More

    Isis phones to come with Amex prepaid card

    August 9th, 2013

    “The new co-branded account will be offered in every Isis Mobile Wallet as a part of a nationwide launch later this year, enabling millions of Americans to tap and pay using their American Express Serve account,” the financial services giant says. More

    Isis to launch NFC mobile payments across the US in 2013

    July 31st, 2013

    NFC mobile payments are to be available to consumers across the United States from “later this year” following successful pilots in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah, the Isis joint venture between carriers AT&T… More

    Isis announces first banking partners: Chase, Capital One and Barclaycard US sign up

    February 27th, 2012

    The three card issuers’ 100 million customers will be able to store a full range of credit, debit and prepaid cards, as well as loyalty cards and special offer coupons, on their NFC mobile phones. More

    Isis picks C-Sam to supply NFC mobile wallet technology

    August 4th, 2011

    The C-Sam platform will enable Isis to offer smartphone users a comprehensive mobile wallet for conducting secure NFC transactions related to payments, rewards, coupons, tickets, transit and other services. More

    Top Google, Square, Visa and Verifone executives to go on stage with Isis today

    July 19th, 2011

    The ‘Mobile Payments Smackdown’ session at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech event today is set to be the venue for the first live discussion of the NFC deals signed by the major US payments networks with… More

    Isis signs up Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Amex for NFC mobile payments

    July 19th, 2011

    “Relationships with all four payment networks means that with Isis-enabled phones and payment terminals in place, merchants and consumers will have ubiquity and freedom of choice when it comes to payment network acceptance,” says the company. More

    Isis picks Austin for second NFC pilot

    June 22nd, 2011

    The Isis NFC joint venture between AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA has chosen the city of Austin, Texas as the site of its second test. The decision to add Austin as a second test market alongside the previously… More