T-Mobile debuting Isis NFC payment service


After blocking Google Wallet, T-Mobile will debut the Isis NFC payment service, according to a T-Mobile staff member who has apparently had trouble with the payment service before release.

Isis has come under criticism in the past, mainly for being a barrier to using Google Wallet that AT&T, Verizon and now T-Mobile have embraced and added to their service. This is due to Google Wallet not working with some of the carrier’s restrictions.

It seems the payment service still isn’t as smooth as its banned competitor Google Wallet, currently only available on Sprint’s network. The NFC payment system has a few problems the Redditor addressed:

  • WiFi calling is dead.
  • Does not work with Chase cards, only credit cards.
  • Has problems with connecting the user to their card, including not being able to find the number and validate.
  • Does not work with rooted devices.

We have heard these problems before from ex-Isis users on AT&T and Verizon, all in all they are just ruining the NFC ecosystem for developers and consumers by not allowing Google Wallet to work. This may have been part of the reason why Google was going to bring a physical card out.

Google seems to have major problems with carriers when it comes to new technology, something Apple on the other hand seems to get along with just fine. Some hardcore-Android fans have even suggested the best move for NFC right now would be if Apple embraced it on the iPhone.


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