AUSTIN, Texas & SALT LAKE CITY -- Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, today officially announced the availability of the Isis Mobile Wallet in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City. Starting today, consumers can visit a AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon retail location and select from nine Isis-ready handsets, with an expected 11 additional handsets coming to market by yearend.
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"The launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet in Austin and Salt Lake City represents a milestone for both Isis and the mobile commerce industry," said Ryan Hughes, chief marketing officer for Isis. "With as many as 20 Isis-ready handsets headed to market by year end, we are experiencing an unprecedented level of support for NFC and consumer choice."
To get started With the Isis Mobile Wallet, consumers must visit an AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA or Verizon Wireless retail outlet in Austin or Salt Lake City to receive a secure element SIM and ensure a given handset model is Isis ready; download the Isis Mobile Wallet application from Google Play; load an eligible American Express, Capital One or Chase credit card into the Isis Mobile Wallet or get started with the Isis Cash card that comes in every Wallet; and make a purchase at any one of the hundreds of locations across Austin and Salt Lake City that accept contactless payments.
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"The launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet is an important step toward accelerating mobile payments in the United States and maximizing convenience for consumers," said Bill Gajda, head of mobile product for Visa Inc. "Isis' open approach directly aligns with Visa's strategy of enabling consumers to make mobile payments with whatever device they choose using the trusted accounts they already have."
Mung Ki Woo, group executive of mobile for MasterCard Worldwide, said, "MasterCard has been working with industry partners like Isis to turn mobile phones into secure payment devices and create better shopping experiences for both consumers and merchants. The use of NFC technology is a path to an improved consumer experience, and the launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet--combined with the growing number of NFC-enabled handsets--will help make mobile commerce a reality for millions of consumers."
Suzan Kereere, senior vice president and general manager for American Express' Global Network Business, said, "Today's launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet is a significant achievement in terms of enabling consumer adoption of mobile payments. Mobile commerce holds the promise of dramatically enhancing consumers' shopping experience, and American Express' first priority as a network is to provide choice and flexibility for all industry participants as we work together to influence the speed and growth of mobile NFC payments in the U.S."
The joint venture of AT&T Mobility LLC, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless is based in New York City. The venture is chartered with building Isis, a national mobile commerce venture that will fundamentally transform how people shop, pay and save. The Isis mobile commerce network will be available to all merchants, banks, payment networks and mobile carriers. ISIS is a trademark of JVL Ventures LLC.