Isis bringing NFC payments to (some) vending machines

Isis bringing NFC payments to (some) vending machines
Word has it that NFC is the wave of the future, but it is definitely taking quite a long time to roll out in the USA. If you've been to Japan, you know that mobile phones have been able to use NFC for payments on vending machines or pass access at train stations, but things are moving much slower in the US. But, Isis is looking to help move things along by adding NFC to (some) vending machines.

Isis is the joint venture between Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, and word has it that Isis has joined with USA Technologies (USAT) to add NFC mobile payment options for 7,500 vending machines in the Isis limited release regions of Austin and Salt Lake City. As of right now, Isis is limited to beta users in those cities, but luckily the updated vending machines will be using USAT's ePort Connect, which can also accept NFC payments through Google Wallet or PayPal. 

Right now, Isis isn't nearly as robust or widespread as Google Wallet, but with 3 of the 4 major carriers behind it, we expect it'll find its footing. In the meantime, if any of our readers are in the small group testing the app, let us know how it is. 

source: The Next Web 


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5 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Ug wish this would hurry up! Id love to be able to go up to a vending machine and use my phone to get a soda instead of searching for change(or just let me use my damn debit or credit card)

2. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

I'm a student at the University of Texas at Austin and almost ever one of our vending machines (and there are a lot of them) works with Isis. I've also noticed huge amounts of advertising (on the sides of our Metro buses) and people have been generally receptive of this service.

3. mydi.maus unregistered

moving much slower in u.s....go u.s

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

MUST EXPAND NFC PLEASE com on people

5. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

you won't be able to pay s**t with ur iphone 5 .... lol no nfc

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