News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday October 16, 2012.
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The ISIS mobile payment venture between AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon was expected to have launched in the summer, but the pilot program was delayed for an unknown period. Testing appears to have resumed now that an ISIS Android app has appeared in Google Play. The ISIS Mobile Wallet app is now available to T-Mobile customers, but the app is not compatible with all phones. ISIS works only with the NFC-enabled Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung Galaxy Relay 4G. That will change once the trial period ends, but the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Relay 4G are the only devices that are officially supported by T-Mobile.
Furthermore, the app requires a special ISIS SIM card, a non-rooted phone, and for the user to be located in Salt Lake City or Austin, Texas, the two cities currently participating in the pilot program. Users will be able to visit select stores to purchase items using their phone; save loyalty card information; and earn discounts with special offers. There's also a Ready SmartTap feature to send discount, loyalty reward, and payment info simultaneously by touching the phone to a register with compatible equipment.
AT&T and Verizon are also participating in the ISIS program, but an app designed for their devices has not yet been released to the Google Play Store.TmoNews
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.