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.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce
Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers' privacy and identity.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.