Isis payment trial will use SIM cards, Samsung Galaxy phones


Isis, the nationwide mobile commerce network spearheaded by Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA, will support three Samsung Galaxy-branded Android smartphones when consumer trials begin next week.

A leaked internal document obtained by T-Mo News corroborates recent reports indicating Isis will launch pilot programs in the Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City markets on Oct. 22, and also answers lingering questions about the software and hardware powering the Near Field Communications-based contactless payment service. In order to use Isis, consumers must obtain an Isis SIM card from participating Salt Lake City and Austin retailers, they and download the free Isis app from the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play storefront to one of three approved devices: The Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II or Galaxy S Relay 4G.

"Device[s] cannot be rooted," the document states. "Content blocking must be removed because it is incompatible with the Isis Mobile Wallet."

A document provided last week to Android Central stated "The Isis Wallet allows customers to pay for purchases, use store loyalty cards and even redeem discounts and coupons (at participating locations)--all from an Isis Ready device!" Isis will award customers $10 free on their Isis Cash Card for activating the service, adding "Upgrade Isis Cash Card to reloadable, add funds via a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card or Green Dot Moneypak and get $15 added to the Isis Cash Card as a bonus incentive."

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile first announced the Near Field Communications-enabled Isis network in late 2010. Isis was slated to begin consumer trials this summer, but last month, the company scrapped those plans because it is still fine-tuning the overall customer experience. Isis has promised to share launch specifics and additional updates later this month.

"At launch, consumers in Austin and Salt Lake City will be able to use the Isis mobile wallet at hundreds of contactless-enabled merchant locations in each market," Jaymee Johnson, head of marketing at Isis, recently told Mobile Commerce Daily. "In addition to national partners such as Macy's, Jamba Juice, Aéropostale, Foot Locker and Whole Foods, we have partnered with many iconic local merchants including Book People, Iron Works and University Co-Op in Austin, and Deseret Book, Energy Solutions Arena and Utah Transit Authority in Salt Lake City."

In addition to Visa, MasterCard and Green Dot, Isis has so far inked financial partnerships with American Express, Chase, Capital One and Barclaycard. The firm has also established alliances with point-of-sale terminal manufacturers VeriFone, Ingenico, ViVOtech and Equinox Payments as well as vending machine services firm USA Technologies. Along with Samsung Electronics, five other device manufacturers--HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) and Sony--have committed to introducing products that support the Isis platform.

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