Sprint Launching NFC Based Payment Service This Year


The first time I heard about NFC (Near Field Communications) was when Google announced they were going to be packing the chip inside Samsung’s Nexus S smartphone. NFC allows customers to make transactions in the real world using nothing more than their favorite NFC equipped smartphone.

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are in line to support a mobile billing system named Isis. This will allow customers to make charges via carrier billing but wont see a release until sometime in 2012. Sprint has been testing NFC since 2007 and it looks as though their research has paid off. Bloomberg reports their NFC-based system will be releasing sometime this year and will allow charges directly to a customer’s credit card.

This news trails the launch of Samsung’s Nexus S 4G, the announcement of Google Voice integration and the Evo 3D. Sprint seems to be pulling all the right punches this year.

[Via Engadget]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Go Sprint!! Although I dont see actually using MFC being in my near future, Sprint is making a lot of smart moves as of late.

    1. I totally agree. I was getting a little worried when I didn’t see anything at CES but I guess they were holding their cards close to their chest.

      Sometimes its good to be the underdog… =)

  2. This is not surprising at all, Clearly as technology moves forward in the coming days and months to come sprint is prepared to bring nothing but the best to there customers and the network they supp. They are far from being underdogs when it comes to pushing the envelope and providing the best for the devices that run on the now network.

    1. Totally agree. Where other companies splurge on commercials and marketing Sprint puts a lot of their money into bidding for the TOP phones. Switching from T-Mobile to Sprint was the best decision I could make =D

  3. @Christopher Chavez, I agree completely I’ve enjoyed sprint since June 4th 2010 it’s been fun. I always have respected tmobile great secondary choice out of all other cause they care about android just as much as sprint/htc.

  4. It’s sad that America has fallen so far behind the rest of the world technologically. We used to be the worlds technology powerhouse but now we hardly make anything in this country anymore because corporations are so worried about the almighty dollar and getting the cheapest child laborers they can find! Sad! That in turn makes it to where we’re the last ones in the world to get the latest technology and that sucks! NFC technology has been used all over the world for years now and their just now “testing it” here?? WTF? This country has turned into a bunch of obese lazy bastards and it’s time we take back our country and start manufacturing good again! Don’t mean to make this political, but Obama promised to generate new jobs and all he’s done is triple our national defecit. Bring manufacturing back to this country instead of sending all those jobs overseas and we can put millions of people back to work. (it’s not rocket science)

  5. Sprint already has a NFC system — it’s their cellphone service! LOL If I’m not near a Sprint tower’s field, I don’t communicate!

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