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Earlier this week, Isis Mobile Wallet payment platform went live on three U.S. carriers - Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. Verizon had only one device listed as supported at launch, with the DROID RAZR HD / MAXX HD compatibility set to arrive by the end of October. The Galaxy S III was also listed, but according to this list, it doesn't seem to be ready just yet.

Two days ago, Verizon released the first update v0.7.2 for the RAZR HD variants with only a mention of one new feature in the changelog: an "updated Google Security Patch." Today, Verizon amended the update document and added the mention of Isis Mobile Wallet, thus fulfilling its promise right on schedule. Since the version number didn't change, I'm going to assume that they just forgot to include the right information the first time and there is no separate second update.

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Of course, unless you live in Salt Lake City or Austin, you probably won't even care. If you do, however, go give Isis a try at one of almost 1000 local businesses, such as 7-Eleven, Home Depot, Rite Aid, and Jack In The Box.

Artem Russakovskii
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  • jamaall

    but who cares about the razr m...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Probably not the people who bought the RAZR [MAXX] HD that this thread is about.

      • jamaall

        Hey I'm just putting it out There. They were announced together so i felt the M should get a little love to... And I'm sure the RAZR HD people don't mind when i post a comment About their phone's little brother :)

  • http://www.androiddoes.net/ John E

    Little typo, "T-Motile"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks, noticed that too. Fixed.

  • JordanMcRae

    Google-owned Motorola now exclusively supports Google Wallet competitor Isis...freaking carriers -_-

    • Justin W

      On the flipside, ISIS says that my Droid RAZR HD is not compatible, even though it lets me download it via the Play Store. My phone's not rooted, so there shouldn't be any issues.

      • JordanMcRae

        You need a special SIM. Doesn't work with the NFC in your phone. That is probably why it says that.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          Nit-picky detail, it does use the NFC in your phone, but the payment credentials are stored in a secure element that's only found in newer SIM cards rather than using the secure element in the NFC chip itself.

          ISIS still requires that the phone have NFC (or at least a way to get NFC), but it doesn't require the NFC chip in the phone to already have the secure element. In theory, this system will work on a few more phones that Google Wallet does, only because there might be phones that do have NFC but don't have the secure element, but I've seen no list of phones that fit that description. It is worth pointing out, the OS is the only thing keeping these things "secure", so it's not like Google couldn't release an update to Wallet that makes it work with the secure SIM cards in addition to the NFC chip.

          • Justin W

            I was under the impression that the SIM cards that they provide with ISIS Enabled phones had an NFC chip in them, making them the only "required" item to use ISIS. If that were the case, then this would definitely make sense - why not just do that and have all phones able to use it, especially if it already has the secure element in it?
            On another note, Wallet no longer works with the secure element (based on the update info for the previous update to my N7) - it works from the cloud (or maybe I just misread it).

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            I'll start with Google Wallet's storage method. A payment credential is still stored in the NFC secure element, that way you can pay for things even when your phone doesn't have a data connection. Google is just storing your payment information on their servers. Notice, the credentials and your payment information are two different things. The update simply gave people the ability to choose other credit cards to use instead of the prepaid option. When you set the "Selected" status on a card, a unique credential (created when you set the selected status) is stored in the secure element. When you want to pay for something, the credential is used (along with some algorithmic magic) to communicate with the payment terminal, then the transaction request goes to Google. At that time, Google performs a real transaction with the payment information they have stored on their servers.

            On ISIS.

            The wording in this article sorta implies that the SIM card only includes the secure element. I did a little more digging and the language ISIS uses is really misleading and vague. In this FAQ from Verizon, they clarify on the second question that the phone needs to have an NFC chip and a "NFC SIM card", but at least that is specific about the phone having NFC to begin with. On the 8th question, they kinda clarify a little more. There's even a contradiction in the 'Security and Privacy' section with question 2 where they say that the payment credentials are stored in your smartphone or an accessory rather than on the 'NFC SIM card' as they had previously specified. I'm pretty sure the 'NFC SIM card' term is a marketing mistake, I can't find any indication that the SIM card has any NFC antenna or chip in it, just the secure element. It could also be a coincidence, but it's only NFC-equipped phones that are getting ISIS so far.

            From a purely technical standpoint, you could fit a very basic NFC chip and antenna beside the SIM card component, but I think it's impossible to do that inside of a Micro SIM. The antenna needs more space to operate effectively. It might also bad for usability - if a payment terminal were too small, people would have to know where the SIM card was located in their phone so they would know what area to hold over the terminal.

    • http://twitter.com/SumanjiWorld Suman Gandham

      Is there any way to get Google Wallet on Verizon devices?

      Side load perhaps?

    • yarrellray

      More Verizon bloatware as usual nothing new here.

  • Guest

    Small typo, "T-Motile."

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