Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile customers can all use ISIS starting today
0. phoneArena 14 Nov 2013, 13:54 posted on
Mobile payment provider ISIS is now available for customers of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. 200,000 stores from cast to coast will allow you to wirelessly make a payment with a tap of an ISIS enabled phone. You can even use ISIS at some Coca-Cola vending machines. American Express Serve customers will get a $10 bonus from Verizon just for merely installing the ISIS app on their phone. After completing the first transaction, another $10 credit is entered into your account...
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1. torr310 (Posts: 839; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Not plan to use this feature. Credit cards are good enough and enough trouble when lost. Don't wanna add the trouble into life.
2. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Too bad Google didnt file a lawsuit against the carriers for blocking Google Wallet. Isis will steamroll Google Wallet now, and Spritn will have no choice but to comply with Isis.
4. Deadeye37 (Posts: 162; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)
I don't think so. If you want to use ISIS, you have to get yourself an Amex or select Chase cards. If you opt to get the Amex Serve account, you can only use those funds at wireless POS that uses the Amex channel (which most don't). ISIS is very limited on the funds options due to their greediness and desire to only allow pay-to-play partners.
Come Android 4.4, Google Wallet will be able to do NFC payments because it doesn't have to rely on the secure element on the phone, which Verizon, AT&T, & T-mobile have locked. So Google Wallet should be able to be used on all the major carriers if your phone runs Kit Kat.
3. Deadeye37 (Posts: 162; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)
I used to like ISIS. They had a lot of great deals at a lot of places around me (free smoothies from Jamba Juice, $1 drinks at Beans & Brew, free rides on public transit, matinee prices at the movie theater, etc). Using ISIS was quite simple and I liked using it better than pulling out my wallet and swiping my card.
The big problem is that to used to have a reloadable cash card that you could load funds onto and then use ISIS. They have gotten rid of that card and instead have gone to using Amex's Serve. So, now if you want to pay with ISIS, you have to get either an Amex or select Chase cards, or an Amex Serve account. If you opt to get the Amex serve account so that you can load funds from your own cards/accounts, you will be limited to only using your funds at pay stations that link to Amex's network (which most wireless payment stations don't).
So, ISIS is only for the big boys who want to partner up with the mobile carriers (IE Amex and Chase). It is a huge money grab for that whole group. Personally, I can't wait until I get Kit Kat on my phone (or root) and get Google Wallet. While I won't have all the cool deals that ISIS has, at least I don't have to go and get a Chase or Amex card and have the hassle of trying to keep track of another card (+monthly fees) just for the sake of wireless payments.
I would love to see the whole ISIS venture crash and burn because of how limited the carriers are making it to allow us users to use our phones to make payments with. They shouldn't be confining us to exclusively using their service so that they can maximize their profits off of us.
5. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
No interest in Isis at all. It needs to crash and burn, and then die again in a horrible death. If they want to block Google Wallet...Fine, but you better come up with something that can compete. Yeah, they had it a year in beta...And it won't work with just any old Mastercard/Visa debit card. Sure, you can link Amex Serve to your debit card but that's just one more hoop, one more chance for data theft, one more chance for something to go wrong.