Posted 10/15/2012 at 11:34 AM
Posted 5 years ago
The launch of Isis Mobile Wallet has been anticipated for some time, but various delays have held it back on several occasions. Well, finally thanks to some leaked documents, Android Authority has confirmed that the mobile payment system will be launched on October 22, 2012. Yes, we are indeed going to see Isis on Android before the year ends, but not on a national level.
As previously mentioned by us, and several other sources, Isis Mobile Wallet will have a test launch in two areas: Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas. One would assume that the nationwide rollout will follow soon after a successful test run.
For those that don’t know, Isis Mobile Wallet is very much like Google Wallet, which was launched back in 2011, and will harness the power of Near Field Communication (NFC) – that feature in your smartphone that you know is good, but don’t know what it is supposed to do.
Isis is set to rival Google Wallet and has the backing of a number of wireless carriers, including the big guns of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile USA. Users will be able to access Isis for use in purchasing items in selected stores and for transactions involving coupons.
Going head-to-head with any Google product and coming out on top is a big challenge for anyone, but aside from the heavy promotion Isis will receive from the carriers, support also comes from credit card companies such as Visa, MasterCard Paypass, Barclaycard, American Express and Discover Zip. In addition to this Samsung, HTC, Sony and RIM are said to be preparing to release phones that support the mobile payment system.
According to Droid Life, the official “Isis ready” handset is the DROID Incredible 4G LTE and from the launch date of October 22 until November 20, Verizon will run a promotion whereby any customer buying an Incredible will receive a $50 pre-paid Visa card. The Droid Life article goes on to say that from their understanding “you will have to activate Isis and submit a rebate form in order to get the card.”
A test run will ensure that the rest of us get a bug-free Isis, however, whether it becomes a success or not remains to be seen.