Before Google Wallet was even announced, back in 2010 Isis had announced plans to launch mobile payment services together with three of the nation’s largest carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. Oddly enough Sprint was not part of the partnership, although it was later revealed that Sprint had joined up with Google for Google Wallet, which was announced several months back.
At this point in time, it seems that the Samsung Nexus S Android handset on Sprint’s network is the only device capable of using Google Wallet (NFC sticker attachment not withstanding), and with Isis as a competitor in the mobile payments industry, one could not be blamed if Isis had no plans to support Android devices as part of their plan.
However the good news for Android users not owning Nexus S devices is that Isis has come forward and stated that there will be support for Android devices for their mobile payment services along with other platforms as well (could this be where we see the carriers unlock NFC capabilities on Blackberry devices?).
If you’re looking forward to an alternative to Google Wallet, Isis will be launching in the Sprint of 2012 although no specific dates were mentioned.
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