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Aug
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MasterCard and T-Mobile revealed some information about which devices we can expect Isis on when it launches at the end of September (according to Bloomberg), though we have no reason to believe this constitutes every supported device. Here's the list of compatible Android phones, as we've compiled it.

  • T-Mobile
    • Galaxy S II
    • Galaxy S III
    • HTC Amaze 4
  • Verizon
    • DROID Incredible 4G LTE
    • Galaxy S III
  • AT&T
    • One X
    • Galaxy S III

A number of other devices are listed as supporting "any" standard on MasterCard's list, some being international phones, so it's unclear whether phones labeled in this fashion that are in the US will actually support Isis, or if they are merely deemed compatible with it.

Regardless, this is an impressive launch lineup, and definitely includes what are probably the most popular high-end devices on each of the three carriers backing Isis. Sprint, of course, will support no Isis devices at launch, as it is not part of the Isis consortium. We fully expect this list to grow a bit by the time Isis initially launches next month in Salt Lake City and Austin as part of a trial run of sorts.

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While little is still known about the Isis app, we do have an idea of how the service will ideally work (see infographic above). Still, it can't be much different from any other payment system with loyalty rewards and coupons, so we aren't exactly hoping for revolutionary, groundbreaking technology here. And the support of most point of sale hardware vendors, payment processors, and $100 million in financial backing from three of America's "big four" wireless carriers is a very impressive résumé. Isis is clearly here to stay, and with Google Wallet still lacking much in the way of handset support over a year after its introduction, it seems likely that Isis' user base will quickly outnumber Google's once it expands beyond its launch markets.

Bloomberg, MasterCard (via NFC Phones), T-Mobile Blog

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.fronda Fronda Lishous

    Once again, something super-amazing-awesome cool comes out, and Verizon is left out. Am I the only one that feels jipped that I got a Verizon GS3? LOL I think I'm moving to T-Mobile.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      That's a typo, it should say S III. VZW never got the GS II.

  • Zacisblack

    That is a coincidence. I live in Austin and go to Salt Lake City for 2 months every summer o.O.

  • DROID DOES

    They need to drop this and integrate with google wallet, what a pain! I put a custom google-wallet enable rom on my AT&T S III, and using google wallet is a breeze; quite a shame not all retailers carry NFC equipment. I hope the iPhone implements NFC and makes use of the current NFC standard so other retailers at least implement the system

  • alexcue

    You mis-typed Verizon's Galaxy S III. I looked on the MasterCard link because I couldn't believe they wouldn't support it. Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/movJo.png

  • Pat

    At&t will try to sneak this in as an update. I want my Google wallet!

  • Daltono

    I live in salt lake city and have a galaxy s3 so hopefully i'll get to check this out

  • pick a name

    Apple will block Isis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

    No nexus?? Lol wtf

  • uunnzz

    Ah yes... another company being retarded and making a technology proprietary when it should never be.

    • enoch861

      Another company?
      You mean companies.
      This technology is not really "proprietary". As it uses the existing NFC capabilities of your phone.

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