Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, RIM, Sony Ericsson… the only big names missing from that list are Apple and Nokia, right?
Well, Isis - the joint venture of a trio of US networks - has managed to seduce each and every one of those six manufacturers into adopting its NFC technology in both new and existing phones.
Last week I wrote about Google Wallet, “the app that makes your phone your wallet” (sigh). At the moment, it’s only available to Nexus S 4G users on Sprint. Isis is AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon’s answer to that. Sort of.
“Isis’ technology standards provide the direction and certainty needed for the development and deployment of NFC devices and the mobile commerce ecosystem,” beamed Scott Mulloy, chief technology officer with Isis.
“Working together with the device makers and our founding mobile carriers, Isis can provide the consumer choice and scale necessary for widespread adoption of mobile commerce.” Well said, Scott.
“NFC is the future of mobile payments and will ensure that transactions are done securely from mobile devices,” added Motorola cutie Christy Wyatt. Sorry, that should be: corporate vice president of software and services product management at Motorola. Ahem.
Anyone else still a bit “meh” about NFC? I kinda like having a huge George Costanza-esque wallet with every receipt ever in it.