We’ve all heard of ISIS, whether we like it or not, it’s the mobile payment system that will be competing with Google Wallet and is backed by three of the major carriers. That would be Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Coincidentally, all the carriers which block Google Wallet on their devices.
Back in July, we heard that ISIS would be going nationwide later on this year. T-Mobile stores in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin Texas, began receiving ISIS-ready SIM cards last year, mostly because ISIS was in testing in those two cities. After a few delays, ISIS appears to be on track for a launcher this year with 25 of the top 100 retailers on board already. Some of these new ISIS-ready SIM cards have been included in the Galaxy S4, and it’ll probably be in a few others that are launching later this year as well.
Currently, ISIS is set up to work with Capital One, American Express, and Chase Freedom Credit cards. ISIS is basically a way to store things your wallet already does, including select credit cards, and using NFC technology you will be able to pay using your phone. ISIS also organizes credit cards, offers and loyalty cards in one “convenient app.” Currently ISIS is only available on Android, but I’m sure it’ll be heading to iOS shortly, since all three carriers sell the iPhone.
To some, mobile payments may not be all that exciting. But to others, they are as exciting as a new device getting leaked. We don’t know when exactly ISIS will be available, but from what we can tell, it looks to be available very soon. Many of us that support Google Wallet, ISIS is “just another piece of bloat” that’s pre-installed on brand new devices. But hey, it’s always fun paying for stuff with your phone and watching the clerk or cashier’s expression when it works. When it doesn’t work, you look like a fool.
How many of you would use ISIS over Google Wallet? Let us know in the comments down below.