Google Wallet competitor Isis Mobile Wallet will go live in two cities by October 22

isis leak - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereGoogle Wallet’s biggest competitor – which hasn’t even been released to the general public yet – is set to go live soon in Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas, by October 22. This is according to the leaked document shown at the right. It appears that this initial two-city release will actually be a trial, although all customers with an Isis-compatible device in those markets will be able to start using the service right away.

According to this leak, only some banks will support Isis right off the bat. This seems to indicate that the Isis strategy is a bit different than Google’s, which decided to force compatibility with all major credit cards by creating a virtual “middleman” MasterCard, which actually processes mobile payments before billing other credit cards.

Additionally, Isis will give early adopters $10 on a virtual Isis prepaid card, so people can start using this right away.

Of course, time will tell whether or not Isis poses a real threat to Google, but it’s my hope that the introduction of a new NFC mobile payment service will motivate more merchants to obtain NFC-compatible payment terminals, and erase some of the intrigue and mysteriousness that seems to surround NFC payments among the general public. Once this becomes more mainstream, this form of payment will become much easier to use – both for consumers and merchants.

[Android Central]
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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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5 thoughts on “Google Wallet competitor Isis Mobile Wallet will go live in two cities by October 22

  • Avatar of Everett
    October 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm
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    Are you able to confirm whether it is true that with ISIS you will be able to use a bill-to-cellphone provider option? Also, do you know what issuing banks are already ready for the launch of ISIS?

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  • Avatar of Shawn
    October 10, 2012 at 12:40 am
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    I don’t really care much for NFC replacing credit cards, since I only carry one. But I would love to see it replace stuff like library cards and loyalty cards and rec center cards and university ID cards which bulk up my wallet.

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  • Avatar of hisuwh
    October 10, 2012 at 3:55 am
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    Whether or not this will overtake google wallet competition is always good in the market to make companies improve their surfaces.

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  • Avatar of Abraham
    October 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm
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    But what is the point of having these e-wallets, when most businesses do not accept NFC in their terminals… In addition, the mobile networks are at times very slow and do not process the information well enough or fast enough so it fails.

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  • Avatar of Doug Culp
    October 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm
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    Competition leads to awareness, leads to better technology everywhere. Nice

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