Isis Mobile Wallet enables pay with a swipe of the phone

Posted by Matthew Fortner on December 16, 2013 

The Isis Mobile Wallet app lets Android users with an NFC enabled device like this Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from AT&T pay by swiping at participating locations.

MATTHEW FORTNER — mfortner@newsobserver.com

With the Isis Mobile Wallet app, Android devices that support NFC, or Near Field Communication, can pay by swiping a phone at participating locations.

Android users with an NFC enabled device will also need a special SIM card from their carrier that contains the requisite secure element to process the payments. Currently Isis is backed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

The Isis Mobile Wallet app is available for free in the Google Play Store. The app offers straightforward step-by-step instructions for entering and verifying account information.

Once an account is confirmed by email, Isis is ready to pay. You’ll just need to know where you use Isis to pay. A quick check at https://www.paywithisis.com/where.html or in the app's built-in locator indicates a handful of retailers, including a CVS and a McDonald’s within walking distance. Macy’s, Radio Shack and some Coca-Cola vending machines are also among those participating.

Payment is as easy as launching the app, entering your PIN and holding the device in front of the checkout terminal. The app does allow for multiple accounts from which you can select to pay. It is simple to use and has worked flawlessly. Hopefully retailers will add the hardware to accommodate mobile wallet users.

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