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.
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.
Google Sets Different Path for Google Wallet
Soon after announcing its new mobile payment service called Android Pay, Google set about clarifying its position on Google Wallet moving forward. The company is working on a new version of Google Wallet that's set to arrive later this year.
Google Launching Android Pay Today
Google said it is making Android Pay, its reborn mobile payment service, available to Android handsets beginning today. The app will be pushed to small batches of users over the next week, according to Google.
Microsoft May Give Windows 10 Mobile Payments
Microsoft is weighing what to do with the mobile wallet app that's part of the Windows 10 Mobile platform. The operating system already has a basic wallet app (since Windows Phone 8) for storing credit card and loyalty card data, but it stops short of making mobile payments.