Isis Launches in Trial Markets of Austin and Salt Lake City
Isis, the mobile payments venture backed by AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless, officially launched today in its first two trial markets of Austin and Salt Lake City. According to Isis, customers of these three networks can select from a total of nine devices that are compatible with the system, and 11 more are expected to debut by the end of the year. In order to use Isis, customers will have to obtain and provision a "secure element SIM card" for their handset. The handset must include near-field communications, or NFC. With the SIM card installed, customers then need to install the appropriate carrier-branded Isis mobile payment app on their Android smartphone and load an eligible American Express, Capital One, or Chase credit card (prepaid cards will work, too). Once these steps are completed, Isis users will be able to make payments by tapping their phones at participating retailers, which include chains such as 7 Eleven, Foot Locker, McDonalds, Rite Aid, Home Depot, PetCo, Sports Authority, and other local establishments.
T-Mobile Says 5G Network On Deck for 2020
T-Mobile today said it will deploy 5G across much of the country within a few years using its low-band 600 MHz spectrum. “We’re committed to drive a 5G rollout by 2020 across the nation,” said T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray during an investor conference.
T-Mobile to Buy Layer3 TV and Launch TV Service Next Year
T-Mobile has set its sights on the cable TV industry and hopes to disrupt that market beginning next year. The company today announced plans to acquire Layer3 TV, which already delivers internet-based television service in five markets around the country.
Samsung Makes Deepsea Blue Note8 Available to U.S. Consumers
Samsung today said it will sell the Deepsea Blue color variant of the Galaxy Note8 smartphone in the U.S. Since launch, the device has only be available to U.S.
Unlocked Blu S1 Compatible with Most U.S. Carriers
Blu Products recently announced the S1, an inexpensive Android smartphone that's available unlocked from Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. One of the chief benefits of the S1 is its wide compatibility with U.S.