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  • Editing Team 10:52 on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    AT&T Introduces NFC-enabled iPhone Cases for Isis Payments 


    AT&T has introduced a range of phone cases that add NFC functionality to iPhone, allowing users in the U.S. to make Isis payments.

    Five options are available:

    ■The Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 5 and 5S, available in black, pink or white for US$65.

    ■The Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, available in black, white or pink for US$69.

    ■The Isis Ready Case for iPhone 4 and 4S users, available for US$65.

    ■The Isis Ready Charging Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, providing both NFC functionality and a backup battery for US$85.

    ■Otterbox Defender Series Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, offering NFC and rugged protection, for US$129.

    All five options can be ordered from AT&T now.

    “Using the Isis Mobile Wallet on an iPhone is simple. Select the Isis Ready NFC case, slide the iPhone in, download the Isis Mobile Wallet app from the App Store and tap your iPhone at hundreds of thousands of merchants nationwide for a quick and easy way to pay and save.”

  • Editing Team 18:00 on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    US Bank Wells Fargo Works with Isis to Pilot NFC Payments 

    US bank Wells Fargo and Isis have announced the first phase of an agreement that will see customers with a Wells Fargo Visa credit card and an Isis NFC phone being able to load their card into their Isis Mobile Wallet and make purchases at merchants across the US.

    “We are committed to helping our customers succeed financially,” says Peter Ho, digital payments manager at Wells Fargo’s consumer financial services group. “Helping them make payments when, where and how they want is part of that promise.”

    “During this pilot phase with Isis, we will test and learn with customers who want to be on the leading edge of this technology,” he adds.

    Payment processor First Data will act as Wells Fargo’s trusted service manager (TSM) and will be responsible for delivering card credentials to consumers’ mobile devices.


  • Editing Team 17:50 on November 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Mobile Wallet Isis Finally Rolls out across the U.S. 


    More than three years after it was first announced, carrier-backed mobile wallet company Isis has finally launched nationwide.

    But even if you’ve been eagerly awaiting Isis, which lets you tap your smartphone to pay for items, you’ll need to go through a few hoops to actually use it. First of all, you’ll need an “Isis Ready” Android smartphone that supports NFC and secure SIM capabilities. Then you’ll need to get an “enhanced” SIM card from AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon (Isis’ parent companies). And finally, you’ll have to find a place to actually use it (which includes Toys “R” Us, Jamba Juice, and Coca-Cola vending machines).

    To encourage people to use Isis, the company is offering a few tempting deals, including 20 percent cash back for American Express Serve customers, free Jamba Juice smoothies, and free Coca-Cola vending machine drinks.

    During its pilot program, Isis noted that it saw some interesting results: Isis users tapped more than 10 times a month, two thirds of users chose to receive offers from brands, and more than 80 percent of payments occurred at locations like gas stations, convenience stores, and coffee shops.

  • Editing Team 18:13 on July 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    ISIS to Roll our NFC Payment Service with iPhone Support 


    Mobile wallet venture ISIS, which is backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, has announced that it will initiate a national rollout of service this year and will include support for Apple’s iPhone.

    “What you’ll see coming from us is a vastly improved product, a variety of new places to use it, a vastly improved user experience,” Ryan Hughes, chief marketing officer at New York-based ISIS.

    Before this announcement, ISIS had begun testing its services at 4,000 locations in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. ISIS CEO Ryan Hughes revealed that in these tests, ISIS users made payments with the phone more than 10 times a month on average, and claimed that 2/3 of users in the test program opted to receive advertisements and offers from their favorite brands. This form of advertising would be something that carriers would use to capture new forms of revenue as the number of new smartphone customers grow.

    Transactions using NFC technology are expected to hit $110 billion by 2017, and has been included with many phones that run Google’s Android platform like the Samsung Galaxy S4, and phones that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, such as the Nokia Lumia 925. Apple’s iPhone does not currently have NFC capabilities, but the company has been rumored to integrate the technology with the potential launch of the iPhone 5S in the fall.

  • Editing Team 17:52 on January 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “T-Mobile Makes NFC a Reality in 2013” 

    T-Mobile-NFC-2013-rfid-blogT-Mobile USA is working with a number of partners to bring “a variety of NFC technologies to market”, according to a blog written by senior vice president of product management, Brad Duea.

    The plans go beyond the operator’s current NFC offerings, said Duea in a post on the operator’s website titled “T-Mobile makes NFC a reality in 2013”.

    Specifically he mentioned US bank Chase as a partner with which T-Mobile USA is currently working. The bank was one of the first to put its credit cards in the ISIS mobile wallet along with American Express and Capital One.

    T-Mobile USA, along with AT&T and Verizon, are the three shareholders in ISIS, which launched a trial service last autumn in Austin and Salt Lake City in the US.

    Looking back at 2012, Duea said “we saw the expansion of NFC technology in a number of smartphones” including the Samsung Galaxy S III, Google Nexus 4, Windows Phone 8X by HTC, Nokia Lumia 810, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II.

    The operator also launched other NFC-based devices including the Nokia wireless charging stand and Samsung’s TecTiles, headset and media hub.

  • Editing Team 07:52 on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Details for ISIS Mobile Wallet Launch 

    ISIS-mobile-wallet-launch-rfid-blogISIS mobile wallet is a mobile payment solution created by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. It is planned to be launched on Oct. 22nd in its first test markets, including Salt Lake City, UT, and Austin, TX.

    Similar to Google Wallet, ISIS aims to turn your smartphone into a virtual wallet where you can store your credit cards, loyalty cards, and find special offers.

    Here are some details concerning ISIS. You’ll likely see soon when the service hit the market.

    ■Virtual Cards: ISIS will hold virtual versions of credit cards, an ISIS cash card (pre-paid card), store loyalty cards, and a section for special offers and promotions.

    ■Bonus Cash: When you first activate ISIS, there will be a $10 bonus card for you to use. By updating the ISIS cash card to “reloadable” status, you can get additional cash of $15.

    ■Security: If your phone is lost or stolen, you can call Verizon to stop ISIS on your phone.

    ■Merchants: ISIS will be available at merchant locations that use Visa payWave, MasterCard PayPass, Discover Zip, American Express, and Google Wallet.

    ■NFC-SIM Cards: It is said that Verizon will use new NFC-SIM cards on their ISIS approved devices, which likely creates an additional level of security.

    ■Supporting Devices: Droid Incredible 4G LTE is the official “ISIS ready” device. Additional devices will be made available sooner. However, not all NFC-enabled phones can support ISIS. If you live in a trial market and purchase an Incredible 4G LTE on or after Oct. 22nd (launch day), it will be activated with a new NFC-SIM card. If you already own an Incredible 4G LTE and live in a test market, you will be able to obtain an NFC-SIIM card to replace your current SIM.

    ■Others: From Oct. 22nd to Nov. 20th, you can buy an Incredible 4G LTE and receive a $50 Visa pre-paid card. To get the card, you also have to activate ISIS and submit a rebate form.

    Yet ISIS and their partners have not released details for a nationwide rollout.

  • Editing Team 07:27 on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    LevelUp Deploys NFC in Advance of Reported iPhone 5 Launch 

    LevelUp-NFC-hardware-iPhone5-rfid-blogLevelUp is adding NFC support to its free mobile payments solution, debuting new hardware for merchants, and allowing them to make payments using any NFC-enabled phone, the Boston-based startup announced on Sept. 6th. This addition to its technology is a clear move to compete with its competitor ISIS, which already uses NFC technology in its carrier-backed mobile payments solution.

    LevelUp CEO Seth Priebatsch said in an interview that NFC support is something they’ve been planning for a while, and even though it hasn’t been confirmed that the new iPhone 5 will support it (we’ll likely find out on September 12th), they felt now was the time to add it in. “I’m not convinced NFC will be mainstream in six months, but I do think it will 3-5 years,” Priebatsch said in an interview. “NFC is a good technology, and it’s going to be around for a while. But if it doesn’t pick up momentum, something else will, so our new hardware can be easily upgraded to support other forms of payment.”

    Even if the new iPhone doesn’t include NFC, anyone with an NFC-enabled Android phone will still be able to use the new hardware to pay. Priebatsch said, if another technology like Bluetooth 4.0 becomes popular, merchants can open up the new terminal and replace the chip. He said that the ultimate goal is to integrate with whatever method consumers want to use to pay. “Our new NFC hardware is part of our approach to be able to integrate with whatever is out there and make LevelUp work for everyone.”

    To take advantage of the new system, consumers will have to download the LevelUp app for Android or iPhone, link their credit or debit card to their account, and can get a QR code they can scan at any supported merchant, or pay via NFC by tapping their phone on the new counter-top hardware for merchants.

    LevelUp recently cut its merchant fees, in order to compete against mobile payments leaders Square and PayPal. It is also working on building out their partnerships. Although it might not have big-name partnerships like Square’s recent Starbucks announcement, the company is willing to do whatever it takes to compete in the mobile payments arena. With 250,000 active users who are spending a total of $2 million a month, and one million transactions processed since launch, the company seems to be on the right track.

  • Editing Team 16:41 on August 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Mobile Payment System ISIS Set to Debut in September 

    ISIS-mobile-payment-system-debut-NFC-rfid-blogYesterday, T-Mobile announced a software update for the Galaxy S II with ISIS and NFC support, which stirred the Internet.

    The new mobile payment system ISIS, supported by the major mobile carriers including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, is launched in last April, originally set to go live in the first half of 2012. Now, new details claim that it could launch in September.

    The Galaxy S II would be the first device to openly support ISIS, but it’s not the only one. According to Bloomberg, ISIS already supports multiple devices so we should be hearing more very soon.

    This is the initial supporting devices list for ISIS when (and if) it launches next month.


    -DROID Incredible 4G LTE

    -Samsung Galaxy S3


    -Samsung Galaxy S3

    -HTC One X


    -HTC Amaze 4G

    -Samsung Galaxy S3

    -Samsung Galaxy S2

    You may think that the list is pretty short, but at least it’s a good start for ISIS. Major credit card companies like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover have already given their approval to ISIS and we expect more down the road.

    Unlike Google Wallet, which relies on Google’s servers and the carriers for verification of payments, ISIS is left for credit-card operators to process the transactions rather than the carriers themselves.

    Like Google Wallet, ISIS’ system uses NFC in smartphones to make mobile payments. Many modern Android smartphones already have NFC chips, but some phones need updates to support the mobile wallet. The HTC One X already supports the system thanks to an update earlier this month, and the latest update to the T-Mobile Galaxy S II also enabled support for the system.

    NFC may very well be a major part of our mobile future, and it’s now up to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to try and prove that.

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