Isis to Launch 'In a Couple Weeks' on Android Phones
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.
Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Halt Sharing Location with Some Apps
Following moves made earlier in the day by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have now said they also will cease sharing customer location data with certain third-party apps and services. Sprint said it is "beginning the process of terminating its current contracts with data aggregators to whom we provide location data." T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted, "I've personally evaluated this issue & have pledged that @tmobile will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen." The matter rose to attention after some third-party location brokers left the real-time data of millions of customers unprotected.
Qualcomm Debuts 5G NR Small Cell for Carriers
Qualcomm today announced the FSM100xx, a 5G NR product designed for small cells and remote radio heads. Qualcomm says the FSM100xx builds on its existing Qualcomm FSM Platform for 3G and 4G small cells.
Verizon to Cease Sharing Phone Location with Other Companies
Verizon Communications today said it will stop making customer location data available to third-party apps and services. The decision follows last month's revelation that third-party companies didn't always properly protect this data.
Blu Pure View Boasts an 18:9 Screen and Dual Selfie Cams
Blu Products today announced the Pure View, a premium handset that adopts modern design aesthetics and features. The Pure View has a metal frame and ultraviolet battery cover on the rear in midnight black.
They are CHARGING for this sleeve?
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...
What if I don't have either card?