No, it has nothing to do with Archer. Isis is a mobile payment system and joint venture of 3 out of the 4 major national US carriers; AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile US. With this system, users can make payments using their NFC-capable phones with just a simple tap. All that’s required is an Isis-ready smartphone and an enhanced SIM with a secure element for protecting your payment information. The system app has been available only on Android for quite some time now, directly competing with Google’s own Google Wallet application. It was officially launched nationwide last week.
This past summer it was reported that Windows Phone would receive ISIS support later this year following the national deployment of the payment system. Yesterday saw further confirmation of this, as the company’s Twitter account responding to a tweet asking if a Windows Phone app was coming.
@kao_michael Absolutely. We’re busily working on it.
— Isis Mobile Wallet (@PayWithIsis) November 21, 2013
It seems that quite a number of people have been wondering when Windows Phone will receive support for Isis. Microsoft’s own Wallet app lets users store credit card information and make app payments, but actual in-store use has not really seen the light of day (to my knowledge) as it’s a function that requires carrier support, and with the major carriers investing so much into Isis, the Windows Phone Wallet app hasn’t gained traction. Google’s Wallet app has seen little carrier support as well, with the oddball Sprint being the only major carrier to support it.
The goal with Isis is to have a standard in mobile payment across all devices and OSes, instead of using separate systems and applications. This will likely help grow both adoption and usage of Near Field Communication, a technology that has been around since the early 2000’s. Release dates for OSes beyond Android have not been announced, but we can expect something fairly soon for Windows Phone among others. iOS users will need special NFC-equipped cases since the devices still don’t support the technology (C’mon, Apple, it’s 2013). The video below gives a quick run-through of how the system works (around the :22 mark, a small text also confirms that a Windows version is coming):
Isis also competes with the newly announced Coin system, which you can read about here.
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