News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday November 14, 2013.
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Isis, the mobile payment joint-venture by three of the largest carriers in the United States, has officially gone nationwide today. After several delays and a lengthy testing phase in only two markets, consumers can now pay for items with their smartphones at thousands of locations throughout the US.
Previously available only in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Isis has gone nationwide with its rollout at gas stations, grocery chains, department stores, and other retail locations. The system is compatible with thousands of contactless payment terminals, so users will be able to simply place their phone on specific area of a register and then have payment collected. Coca-Cola vending machines, Jamba Juice, and Toys R' Us are among the participating stores, but a map showing nearby locations that accept payments can be viewed here.
An NFC-capable smartphone and a special Isis SIM from AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon is required to use Isis. The app is downloadble from Google Play and includes offers and virtual storage for loyalty rewards cards.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.