Report: Isis redesigning mobile wallet for expansion to Apple's iOS
Isis will revamp its mobile wallet user interface in collaboration with a new software partner and plans to expand its contactless payment platform to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, NFC Times reports.
Sources say Isis--spearheaded by Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA--has hired app developer Mutual Mobile to build the next version of its digital wallet, replacing developer C-SAM, which built the original version. Expected to roll out to consumers during the third quarter, the revamp is believed to feature smoother performance, accelerated response times and a sleeker visual design. The current Isis app--available for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system--has earned a Google Play user rating of just 1.3 stars out of 5 among Verizon subscribers; AT&T and T-Mobile subscribers have awarded it 2.2 and 2.3 stars, respectively.
Neither Isis nor C-SAM would confirm any changes. "We have nothing to announce at this time," an Isis spokesperson told NFC Times. "Like any company, we are always looking for ways to deliver a better experience to our customers." The spokesperson added "We continue to have a relationship with C-SAM. We don't discuss the details of our arrangements with our vendors or partners."
A C-SAM spokesperson said the firm "has worked with Isis and continues to work with Isis moving forward." NFC Times adds C-SAM is expected to continue operating and maintaining the Isis wallet server, which connects the service to various mobile operators and financial services partners.
Mutual Mobile executives were not available for comment, but a spokesperson with the company told NFC Times that it "does not technically have a mobile wallet-- however, we are actively involved in developing mobile wallet technology for our clients, which include some of the biggest names in the business."
Isis Mobile Wallet 2.0 also is slated to expand the platform beyond Near Field Communications-enabled smartphones beyond Android to Apple's iPhone. At present, the iPhone does not support NFC, meaning the revamped Isis will instead leverage an NFC-equipped device attachment due out soon.
Isis began consumer trials in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City in the fall of 2012, enabling customers to pay for purchases, use store loyalty cards and redeem discounts and coupons across thousands of contactless-enabled merchant locations, including Macy's, Jamba Juice, Aéropostale, Foot Locker and Whole Foods. Speaking earlier this month at the Smart Card Alliance 2013 Payments Summit in Utah, Isis Chief Sales Officer Jim Stapleton said the average Isis consumer in Salt Lake City uses the wallet five or more times a week.
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