Local Merchants Agree to Work with Isis in Launch Markets
Isis today announced that a wide range of local merchants in the Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, markets have agreed to offer its NFC-based mobile payment service. Austin and Salt Lake City are the two launch markets for Isis, which is a joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. Isis has already signed agreements with national retailers such as Champs, Dillard's, Foot Locker, Jamba Juice, and Macy's. Isis claims that its mobile payment service will be available at hundreds of locations within its Austin and Salt Lake City at launch. Customers in those markets will be able to walk into an AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon store, pick from several NFC-enabled devices, and walk out with the Isis Mobile Wallet enabled and ready to use. Isis is competing with other mobile payment options, such as Google Wallet.
Apple iPhones Now Range In Price from $449 to $1,449
Sep 12, 2018
Apple has realigned its roster of smartphones with the debut of the new iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr. Moving forward, Apple's entry-level model is the iPhone 7 at $449 and the iPhone 7 Plus at $569.
Initial Batch of 5G Phones Likely to Work On a Single Carrier
Sep 14, 2018
Don't expect to be able to use the same phone across 5G networks, at least in the early days, says AT&T. "It's not because there isn't a desire and we don't want to," explained Gordon Mansfield, AT&T's VP of radio networks and device design, to PCMag.
Major Carriers Reveal Project Verify for App Sign-Ins
Sep 13, 2018
The nation's four largest network operators recently provided an update on the progress being made by the Mobile Authentication Taskforce. In September 2017, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless agreed to work together in order to build a better way for people to log-in to apps and other services with their phone.
iPhone Xs and Xs Max eSIM Won't Work Until Later This Year
Sep 12, 2018
Apple today announced that its new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be the first to support dual SIM cards. Rather that include the space for two physical SIM cards in the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, the phones will include support for one physical SIM and one eSIM, an electronic SIM card that can be programmed with carrier service.