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Isis to Launch 'In a Couple Weeks' on Android Phones

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Oct 11, 2013, 3:25 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Isis, the mobile payment joint venture supported by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, will launch in the next few weeks. Before today, Isis had only committed to launching during the fourth quarter of the year. Isis will first be available to modern Android smartphones that include NFC (near-field communications). NFC is needed in order to make tap-and-go payments at participating retailers. Isis plans to support the iPhone with an NFC-equipped sleeve that will be available in the coming months. Isis didn't say how much the sleeve will cost. At launch, Isis said consumers will be able to make contactless payments at 1.3 million retail locations around the country, including those operated by 24 of the top 100 merchants. Isis recently demonstrated the latest version of the Isis mobile payment app, and said that it will have marketing support from its carrier partners as well as American Express and Chase, the only two credit cards companies still backing the venture. Isis will be paid by American Express and Chase every time a customer adds their card to the app. The app will also support customer loyalty programs, but only those run by merchants who've joined Isis. Isis has been in development for years and underwent extensive trials in Austin and Salt Lake City.

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Oct 11, 2013, 6:23 PM

They are CHARGING for this sleeve?

So let me get this straight - for the iphone, since it doesn't have NFC, to use this, and to have access to YOUR OWN MONEY, you have to pay them for an accessory? This "Sleeve" should be given out. There is no way I would even consider this, why should I have to pay to access my own money? This is like paying for a Credit card / bank account, ridiculous!
I guess going for the iPhone wasn't such a good decision then.

If you went for a phone who's hardware limits it, and this site and others specifically addressed the lack of NFC, then you cannot demand for that "sleeve" to be provided free of charge...
Yeah you have an iPhone. You should be used to paying extra for everything Apple. Don't complain. You want to. Jobs says so. And stop holding your phone wrong.

Oct 11, 2013, 4:53 PM

What if I don't have either card?

I use suntrust and don't have a Chase account. Does this mean I cannot use this app?
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