For almost a year, an alternative to Google Wallet, ISIS has been in beta testing mode in a select few markets. It’s carrier sponsored, which certainly explains why some of the carriers weren’t always keen on Google’s offering. Regardless, ISIS is now out of beta and can be used by anyone, providing you have a compatible NFC-equipped phone.
A version of the app was released by each of the three sponsoring carriers (AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile) and has been available to download for a little while. One of the major downsides is that you need to get hold of an “Advanced SIM” if you don’t have one already, and those don’t come free. There are a number of locations you can use it, certain Coca-Cola vending machines, T-Mobile, Office Depot, American Apparel among others. Hit this map to search for locations near you, see if it’s worth it.
To use the Isis Mobile Wallet™, you need two things:
• An ISIS READY® SMARTPHONE that uses NFC (near field communication) technology to send payment info at checkout.
Check here for the latest Isis Ready phones: http://www.t-mobile.com/isis
• A T-MOBILE ADVANCED SIM CARD that stores and protects your payment and other sensitive Wallet information.
Hit the Google Play Store for more information, or to download it. Early ratings are pretty bad, and that’s across all carriers’ versions of the app. Pointless perhaps? Or will you be using this regularly?