ISIS Mobile Payments System headed to T-Mobile for a trial run on August 20th?
It’s been a couple of months now since we first mentioned ISIS, the mobile payments system that aims to compete with the ever-popular Google Wallet. According to a report from TmoNews, T-Mobile customers in select areas might just get to give the service a trial run, come the latter part of next month.
While details are scarce at the moment, it looks as if an ISIS pilot program will begin on August 20th, in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. There’s no word yet on which phones will officially be supported. Right now, the HTC Amaze 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4 G are the only devices listed on the ISIS support roster, but we can’t fathom some of T-Mobile’s newer high-end devices, like the Galaxy S III or HTC One S not making the cut — it just wouldn’t make any sense, considering how many of the two devices Magenta has hawked on its customers in the past few months.
There’s also no word as to where you’ll actually be able to use the service, though one would have to imagine there’s at least a few retailers already on board.
Like Google Wallet, ISIS utilizes near-field communication (NFC) to turn a smartphone owner’s device into a replacement for cash and credit cards. It will be interesting to see how well this one fares against the likes of the great search engine giant, but I’d be willing to bet there’s still a lot more people out there who’d rather see T-Mobile come down off its high horse and allow Google Wallet to be used on its network. Here’s to dreaming, eh?
At any rate, we’ll be sure to let you know when this story is updated. Stay tuned, fellow Androidites.