Isis, a mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, has unveiled its upgraded Isis Mobile Wallet, which allows customers to pay at contactless payment terminals directly from their smartphones.
The mobile wallet — now available to consumers for download in the Google Play app store and at thousands of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless retail stores nationwide — stores virtual versions of a customer's participating credit or prepaid cards, as well as coupons and merchant loyalty cards. Consumers can select a payment card and tap their smartphones on the point-of-sale terminal.
The upgraded Isis Mobile Wallet features a simplified user interface with a white background and easy-to-navigate toolbars, according to the company. It is also integrated with American Express Serve so consumers who have Amex are able to load funds to their accounts from a U.S. debit or credit card, bank account or through direct deposit, as well as pay bills online and send money to friends and family — depending on eligibility.
"Today's nationwide launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet is a milestone for consumers, merchants and banks. It's the start of a smarter way to pay," said Michael Abbott, CEO, Isis. "Together, with our partners, we've built a seamless mobile commerce experience. We're pleased to bring the magic and simplicity of the Isis Mobile Wallet to consumers across the U.S."
Customers with one of the more than 40 Isis Ready smartphones available from AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless can receive a free enhanced SIM card from their wireless carrier and download the Isis Mobile Wallet free from Google Play. Customers who visit a carrier retail store to activate the Isis Mobile Wallet will receive hands-on support from store associates.
Toys "R" Us, Jamba Juice and Coca-Cola vending machines currently accept contactless payments with the mobile wallet.
Isis is not tied to a specific financial institution, merchant or online marketing scheme.