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US Carriers Launching Isis NFC Payment System in September

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We told you previously about Isis as a collaboration between AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and MasterCard along with a few others. Their goal was to bring NFC mobile payments to these carriers and one of the highlights was support for BlackBerry NFC enabled devices. Isis announced this week that they will be planning their debut of Isis for September in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas. There is no word on when the full rollout will happen but the delay was caused because Isis decided to route charges through the traditional credit card companies rather than carriers.

Right now the MasterCard official list of approved mobile devices (PDF) for this platform include the Bold 9900, Curve 9360 & 9380, and Bold 9790. That means we should hopefully be seeing these devices included at launch. It also makes me wonder how far along RIM is at getting BlackBerry 10 device support from MasterCard. 🙂 via Bloomberg

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  1. Was this the “we’re going to forcibly disable NFC on all our phones, until we can offer it as our own service” alliance I heard about a whole ago?

  2. I’m not too sure yet how to feel about this yet but the changes in NFC are rather exciting. As a small retailer I would love to get an NFC-enabled POS system so I can take NFC payments from customers who are able to. So far none of the customers I’ve asked had NFC-enabled phones. In the future when it becomes more mainstream I hope to use it. But for now I am quite happy with my mPowa mobile card reader ( I have used it a lot specially in fairs and when I travel.

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