ISIS NFC payments coming to Windows Phone later this year


Bloomberg reports that the ISIS NFC-powered mobile payment system, backed by 3 out of the 4 major US carriers (excluding Sprint) will be rolling out nation-wide in USA by the end of this year.

The system, which has thus far been confined to Android handsets, will also work with iPhones, Blackberry 10 handsets and Windows Phones.

“What you’ll see coming from us is a vastly improved product, a variety of new places to use it, a vastly improved user experience,” said Ryan Hughes, chief marketing officer at New York-based Isis. “You’ll soon be able to walk into a store in Boise or Tallahassee or Chicago and take advantage of this technology.” 

The mobile payment system has had 9 months of testing in 4000 locations in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City and in the test participants used the system around 10 times per month. Carriers intend to make their money from advertising, and in the test two-thirds of users opted to receive offers and advertising messages.

Google’s Wallet has been an alternate offering, but has languished in adoption due to strong carrier resistance and limited control by Google of Android software and services that actually ship on handsets.

  • yodasws

    Can we get some updates?! The Isis app that enables NFC Payments is now available for Android *and* iPhone! Oh, “iPhone doesn’t have NFC”, you say? Good thing AT&T has released an iPhone case that adds NFC! Meanwhile us Windows Phone users who have been promised and waiting for NFC payments for the past two years are being told nothing except “Isis app coming eventually”?! Does the Windows Phone 8.0 Wallet support Isis natively already or must we wait several more months like we have had to do for everything else?

    • yodasws

      PS, I’m looking for info *now* (yet can’t find any) because NFC payments can now be made at big box stores nationwide and I got my AT&T payment SIM card this weekend, so I need to know if I can get this to work without aggregating everyone in line and the cashier while I play with my phone…