Isis, The Mobile Wallet Created By Verizon, AT&T, And T-Mobile, Finally Hits Test Markets

In an attempt to bring NFC to the masses, Isis comes first to Austin and Salt Lake City.

Isis, the mobile wallet created by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, is out being tested at hundreds of merchant locations in Austin and Salt Lake City, where consumers now have the option to "wave and pay" with their NFC-enabled smartphones.

Early testers in the area can visit any of the three carriers' retail stores in either city to get their phones outfitted with a secure element SIM card; download the Isis Mobile Wallet app for Android, load any eligible American Express, Capital One, or Chase credit card; and start wallet-free spending at hundreds of merchant partners including McDonald's, Whole Foods, CVS, and Home Depot. Isis also comes with an Isis Cash Card that acts as a reloadable debit card of sorts, and comes preloaded with $10.

The cast of characters involved, including carriers, hardware manufacturers, payment networks, and merchants is an attempt to provide a one-wallet-fits-all solution that supports multiple banks, networks, and smartphones, with the conspicuous exception of the iPhone--Apple notoriously has yet to jump onboard with NFC. That fact has not limited the speculation about when Apple might.

[Image: Flickr user Andres Rueda]

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