The new mobile payment system backed by three carriers (AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile), dubbed as Isis Mobile Wallet, has been pushed back from its original September launch. A leaked internal memo, as attained by Tmonews (and as we’ve reported before,) shows that Isis will now be launched on October 22 in two cities – Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas. But the memo also reveals more details.
Phones have been shipping with NFC (near field communication) support for several years now, but the one use case that we’ve all been waiting for, paying for things via a simple tap, has yet to take the market by storm. Google launched Google Wallet in May 2011, but hardly anyone is using it. Why? There aren’t any technical reasons to explain Google Wallet’s failure, it all boils down to politics.
Facebook has partnered with Bango to enable mobile payments for in-app content through a user’s carrier bill. Real world goods payments coming soon.
Raise your hands, how many of you have been dreaming about one day being able to pay for everything with nothing but a tap from your mobile phone? It’s a fantasy we all want to see come to fruition, but there have quite a few number of hiccups. MasterCard, in an attempt to get the ball rolling on mobile payments, has just released an SDK that’s compatible with Android and BlackBerry smartphones.
After much fanfare surrounding the new mobile payment system being put forward by carriers, ISIS is encountering delays anew. A venture launched by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, the service aims to reduce consumer dependency on plastic credit cards and instead pay through NFC-enabled smartphones.
The European Commission has approved a joint venture including Everything Everywhere, Telefonica, and Vodafone to bring “mobile marketing and wallet services” to the UK.
New and upgrading UK customers on Orange who opt for the Samsung Galaxy S3 can now enjoy NFC contactless payments thanks to a partnership with Barclaycard.
When it comes to personal payment systems, there are actually several options out there. For many people though, PayPal is still the king. The Paypal experience is one that is easy and works well across multiple platforms, including PC and mobile. Today, PayPal has announced a new version of PayPal Android app, further improving the experience for Android users. The newest version has a brand new theme and layout that is dramatically different, with its brown, orange and gray color scheme. The color scheme is designed to fit alongside new guidelines set for Google’s Holo UI.
Google wants to differentiate itself by going beyond payments, which is exactly why the search and mobile giant wants users to eventually leave their wallets at home. In the future, our Android devices (or smartphones from other platforms) will be the central point of all our payments, transactions and identification.
Paypal took the world by storm years ago and hasn’t decreased its dominance ever since. A handful of players have entered the mobile payment game, but Google Wallet has been the only one that’s really threatened to be competition. With the advent of new mobile payment apps now becoming a hot convenience item, the big G-Dub is certainly paying its cards right.