Everything you need to know about the Isis Mobile Wallet Launch later this month

by: Joe HindyOctober 14, 2012

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Isis Mobile Wallet talk has been going on for months. Whether it be what phones are compatible or other carriers and companies they are working with, Isis Mobile Wallet has been on a lot of minds. According to some leaked documents, the launch date for Isis will be October 22nd.

For those who don’t know, Isis Mobile Wallet is a mobile NFC payment system that was created by T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T. It will compete directly with existing mobile payment systems like Google Wallet.

The plan is to eventually include it on all T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon phones to prepare for when mobile payments are mainstream. With it you’ll be able to load all of your payment cards and use them for mobile purchases.

The test launch will take place in Austin, TX and Salt Lake City, UT. The phone of choice will be the Droid Incredible 4G on Verizon. We already knew that, though. Verizon has already pushed the update that prepares the Droid Inredible 4G for the launch of Isis. So it’s only natural it be the test device.

Isis Mobile Wallet

So what do we need to know about Isis Mobile Wallet?

If you don’t live in Salt Lake City or Austin, nothing right now. If the test launch goes well, the involved phone carriers will start making plans for making the service accessible everywhere. All phones with NFC chips can use Isis Mobile Wallet and just need a quick software update in order to do so.

For now, the only carrier that is flipping the switch is Verizon. Presumably, the other carriers will follow suit once Isis Mobile Wallet has been properly launched. Additionally, the only phone that will be provided the service is the Droid Incredible 4G. Verizon is actually having a little sale to help move things along. According to Droid Life, “From October 22 to November 20, you can buy an Incredible 4G LTE and receive a $50 Visa Pre-Paid card. From what we understand, you will have to activate Isis and submit a rebate form in order to get the card.”

Everyone else will have to be patient to try out Isis Mobile Wallet. However, it is a good thing that they’re rolling it out slowly. This way they can do better quality assurance and fix bugs on a smaller scale before rolling it out to everyone. Once it’s out, will you be using Isis Mobile Wallet? Let us know!

  • Tyson Couch

    Yeah I’ll stick with Google Wallet as my NFC payment processor.

  • well i would love to use google wallet over this, but wait they wont let you do shit on verizon!!! so i guess im happy ill be able to use nfc for something!

    • SamsungFTW

      Don’t be. Don’t give Big Red a big red cent as a reward for attempting to monopolize the mobile payment industry. That is what they want. That is why they are illegally blocking competing apps months after they were fined $1.25 million for blocking tethering apps. It is only a matter of time before they learn the hard way to respect their customers. Do your part and boycott this travisty. I want to use my phone as payment as well, but it will be a cold day in hell before I use ISIS.

  • Justin Quang

    Well, based on that promo photo, I won’t even bother trying it out.
    That phone clearly is a fruit-phone.
    The bad photoshop job already tell me enough about what they think about Android and how much care/love they have for the OS.

  • CoolCustomer

    Also, it will take more then just a software update. You need to get a new SIM card that has the secure element on it, the piece of tech that adds the security features that are being listed.

  • SamsungFTW

    I hope that ISIS is an overwhelming failure, and that Verizon loses millions on this investment for attempting to control their customers by blocking their ability to make choices. When my contract is up, they will never get another penny from me.

  • sanjay

    I will only use Google wallet just because you are blocking it now.