Isis Picks Austin As Initial Launch Market
Isis today announced that Austin will be one of the first markets where it intends to launch its mobile payment service. According to Isis, consumers in the Austin market will be able to take advantage of Isis' tap-and-go payment system starting in the first half of 2012. Isis will rely on near-field communications linked to financial services to make the payments work. Isis didn't say which retailers would support its mobile payment system at launch, but said that Isis-enabled mobile phones will be needed. No handset makers have announced "Isis-enabled" phones yet. Earlier this year, Isis named Salt Lake City as the first trial market.
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.
Softcard 'Working with Apple' to Work on iPhone 6
Softcard, the mobile payment venture backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, today said it is "actively working with Apple to enable Softcard on the iPhone in 2015," according to CEO Michael Abbott. Softcard said Apple's decision to support NFC is "very significant and sets the stage for rapid scale adoption of mobile commerce." Softcard (the new brand name for Isis) has been available to Android smartphones since November 2013 and the iPhone via a special case since early 2014.
Windows Phone Owners Can Now Use Softcard
Softcard recently expanded to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. Softcard, formerly Isis, is a mobile payment service backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.
Softcard Now Buys a Big Mac with Cheese
Softcard announced that it is accepted at more than 14,000 McDonald's locations around the country beginning today. Smartphone owners can make NFC-based mobile payments at the register and the drive-thru at all McDonald's restaurants.