There’s a new kid on the block with mobile payment service ISIS just having been announced and showing off their upcoming mobile app at Mobile World Congress 2012. Partnerships with carriers such as T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have all been confirmed, along with financial institutions like Chase, Capital One and Barclaycard who will all include their debit/credit/prepaid cards into the ISIS app. But let’s not forget Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony as just a few others who are also backing ISIS over competitor, Google Wallet.
ISIS should be available sometime in mid-2012 in “test markets” which include the likes of Salt Lake City, Austin with a bigger, national rollout sometime next year. If you’re wondering where Sprint is in all of this, they’re one of the only US carriers who have made a commitment to Google’s NFC mobile payment service Google Wallet. Now that ISIS and Google Wallet are on the scene, hopefully we’ll start seeing more merchants using the new NFC standard. Because pulling out your phone to pay for something is way cooler than your chewed up, old wallet.