Isis to Launch Mobile Payments October 22
Isis has confirmed that its mobile payment service will finally get off the ground in the coming days. "Isis will be launching in Austin and Salt Lake City on Oct. 22. By year end, as many as 20 Isis Ready handsets are expected to be in market. We look forward to sharing more details on Oct. 22," the company said in an email sent to The Verge. Isis was expected to launch its mobile payment service earlier this year, but faced delays. Isis didn't say if it will launch across all its carrier partners (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon) simultaneously, or if there will be a staggered launch. Isis also didn't specify what handsets will work with the service. An Isis application recently appeared in the Google Play Store, though it can only be seen by T-Mobile-branded smartphones. In August, a software update distributed to the Samsung Galaxy S II added Isis compatibility.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
Verizon-Branded Wear24 Smartwatch Streets May 11
Verizon Wireless today said its Wear24 Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch will go on sale May 11. Verizon announced the device earlier this year, but did not have availability details at the time.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
Isis Mobile Payment Venture to Change Branding
Isis, the mobile payment venture backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, has decided to rebrand its service. Isis is making the change after the rise of ISIS, a militant group based in the Middle East, has gained worldwide notoriety.
Isis Rebrands to Softcard
Isis, the mobile payment venture backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, today said its new name will be Softcard. The service will remain the same, only the name is changing.