News by Andrew Kameka on Monday October 22, 2012.
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Mobile payment service Isis - a joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon - has begun its trial launch period in Austin and Salt Lake City today, and an app to make purchases on Android phones has emerged for each carrier. Following last week's early launch of a T-Mobile Isis app, Isis Mobile apps have emerged for AT&T and Verizon as well.
Isis today began its campaign to become the mobile payment solution of choice in the United States. The venture trails Google Wallet availability and adoption, but it has the advantage of being promoted by 3 of the 4 largest carriers in the U.S., and has been embraced by multiple payment processors. While only a few hundred locations in two cities support it, several markets will follow later this year. For now, Isis is focused on getting customers and merchants familiar with the one-tap payment, loyalty, and discount options available in the app.
In order to pay with Isis, customers must first visit an AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon store in Austin or Salt Lake City to receive a new SIM with added security. They can then download an app and link their phone with an American Express, Capital One, or Chase credit card. Customers can also use a prepaid Isis Cash card. An NFC-capable phone is required to use Isis, which should be compatible with more than 20 phones across networks later this year. Specific compatibility details will be available at carriers.Isis
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