Visa Offering a Non-Isis Mobile Payment Service
Visa today announced plans for a new mobile payment service that would make use of NFC-equipped smartphones, though not necessarily those for the company's Isis joint venture with AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. According to Visa, the program works thus: Consumers buy a Visa-certified, NFC-equipped phone; they contact their Visa provider and ask to activate mobile payments; Visa links the user's bank account to the phone securely and requires a passcode that unlocks the NFC chip on the phone; Visa then downloads the payment application and account details to the handset. Consumers would then be able to make mobile payments anywhere Visa's payWave system is accepted. Visa said that the platform could also allow vendors to offer their own mobile payments apps that tie into the Visa-approved payment service.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
AT&T Follows T-Mo and Verizon, to Offer Free Olympic Roaming
AT&T today said that like its competitors T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, it will offer customers the opportunity to use their mobile devices during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at no extra cost. Specifically, AT&T will waive the $10 fee normally charged for the AT&T International Day Pass.
OnePlus 5T and Honor 7X Now Available In Red
OnePlus and Honor today made red versions of their most recent devices available to U.S. consumers.
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.