T-Mobile says no to Google Wallet, yes to ISIS

T-Mobile says no to Google Wallet, yes to ISIS
Some owners of the T-Mobile branded Samsung GALAXY Note II are getting upset at the carrier's decision to block Google Wallet. But the decision not to allow Google's mobile payment service to run on T-Mobile models has to do with the operator's inclusion as a founding member of ISIS. This is a competing mobile payment service that was put together by Verizon, AT&T and yes, T-Mobile.

The reason for the complaints from T-Mobile's Samsung GALAXY Note II owners has to do with the very limited areas where ISIS is up and running. Right now, those cities are Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas. So if you don't live around one of those two locations, ISIS is useless to you. Verizon has also blocked Google Wallet although the carrier blames this on Google's app for the service, which Big Red says tries to access certain secure parts of the hardware.

T-Mobile customers are asking for the ability to choose between Google Wallet and ISIS, especially since the latter is available in only two locations. But for the carriers, the potential rewards for building out its own mobile payment service far outweigh having to deal with the complaints from those who want to use Google Wallet.

source: electronista



1. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

...cause T-Mobile suuuuuuuuuucksssss!

3. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

you do realize that t-mobile isn't the only one right?

5. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Ok, ok. I'll narrow it down to one thing that sucks about them: Their network.

9. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Are you 12 years old?

10. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm 5. Gotta problem with that?!

11. jcarrigan unregistered

Are you a douche?

12. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Yes. A very large, smelly one.

14. jcarrigan unregistered

I wasnt asking you i was asking the wakaflakahakablanca dude

27. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

oh, sorry! I'm always thrown off cause most replies are directly underneath xD

4. jcarrigan unregistered

Actually all three of those carriers suck because its a complete conflict of interest with them having their own mobile payment system so they ban google wallet. And they all suck for different reasons. But we like our cell phones so were guna deal with it :)

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's real talk j.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sh*t just got REAL!

29. jcarrigan unregistered

for once, you and i agree :)

31. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

join sprint

2. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

this is crap, when are people going to wake up and stop being pushed around

6. ThreeFourSeven

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

Someone tell Verizon to stop hiding behind their lies. This definitely fits in the category of anti competitive behavior.

7. rkelly

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

I keep saying sprint is the way to go

8. Hemlocke unregistered

This is going to be an expensive mistake for the carriers. They lost more good will, they are earning the enmity of Google, and they will get crushed in this space when Apple finishes their mobile payment system.

13. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Rock on Sprint

15. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Even when Isis makes it to my area, I'll make sure to NEVER use it! I'm sick of the OEMs and carriers deciding what's best for me and cutting my phone with BS bloatware I'll never use. Why are OEMs and carriers trying to compete with the OS? This is stupid! Give use the phones...get out of the way!

16. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

The sad thing is, when Apple creates their own mobile payment system on an NFC enabled iPhone, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T will gladly allow it. Just like how they allow Apple to update the iOS software unhindered but they'll hold up any Android update that comes their way. It's been almost a year and ISIS is still only in two areas. What are they going to do if ISIS flops? Are they still going to block Google Wallet? No one knows what ISIS is because it's never advertised unlike Google Wallet and Google is a more well known name and supports more types of cards than ISIS

17. mydi.maus unregistered

t-mobile made a wrong turn. bad t-mobile.

18. leeee

Posts: 1; Member since: May 18, 2013

For the records, ISIS does not only work in Austin and SLC, it works anywhere the relevant contactless payment for the card you are using works, i.e. if you're using a Chase MasterCard, the store you are using needs to be able to accept MasterCard PayPass etc. I have personally used it in multiple places in NYC which officially ISIS does not work in.

19. mydi.maus unregistered

isis available in some area,google is everywhere.dumb carriers.

28. alouden unregistered

Greedy carriers. All of them.

20. roronoa91

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

Lol Verizon and their lies. The ISIS app accesses the same path as google wallet (iirc). They just need a reason ban google wallet.

21. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

"Verizon has also blocked Google Wallet although the carrier blames this on Google's app for the service, which Big Red says tries to access certain secure parts of the hardware" Lol, what kind of crap is that, Verizon you seriously expect to say that with a straight face? It's Google's OS, certain secure parts of the hardware that Google already knows about the ins and outs of? Verizon when did you start building your own devices and applying your own OS? Talk about garbage, there will probably be a lawsuit launched because of blocking of competing applications by the carriers in order to give favorable support to the competing application they are behind. FCC will probably be giving these guys a call soon.

23. Brendan126

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Do carrier's not understand that Isis does NOT work?? Google Wallet is flawless and is made be the people who MAKES the Android software.. I really don't understand their thinking. AT&T, Verizon, and now T-Mobile.. I'm on AT&T but I know that Sprint is doing it right. They understand what Google Wallet is all about.

24. alouden unregistered

I have t-mobile. So far so good. I should have left Verizon a long time ago. Having said that, T-mobile can say no all they like to google wallet. I will get it on my phone as soon as I root the phone. On principle alone, I would never use Isis.

25. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Now with G Wallet able to send money to your friends it is even more useful and more people will want to use it. I don't care if they want to provide ISIS as well but I want the option to use anything I like or that works for me. Carriers who try to create their own monopoly are doing it because they're greedy and don't want to have to compete with something that is probably better. #1 Email your provider and tell them you won't put up with that. #2 Side load google wallet, I have had it working great on my Gnex/Verizon since the beginning so they won't stop me anyways.

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