Isis has announced that six major phone manufacturers – HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, RIM, Samsung Mobile and Sony Ericsson – will introduce NFC-enabled mobile devices that support Isis’ mobile wallet platform.
According to the company, these NFC-enabled phones will enable users to securely make payments, store and present loyalty cards and redeem offers at participating merchants with the tap of their phones.
Isis says it is also working with DeviceFidelity to add NFC functionality to mobile phones without built-in support, ensuring anyone can take part in the service.
“Today’s announcement signals the growing acceptance of NFC technology by some of the world’s leading device makers,” said Kouji Kodera, chief product officer of HTC.
“The key to widespread adoption of mobile commerce will be the broad availability of NFC-enabled handsets,” added Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “Samsung will be working with Isis and the mobile carriers to ensure NFC-enabled handsets are widely available to consumers.”
Isis, a joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, says the announcement is in line with the company’s goal of developing an open mobile commerce platform that aligns the interests of all key stakeholders and provides consumers with freedom of choice.
“Isis’ technology standards provide the direction and certainty needed for the development and deployment of NFC devices and the mobile commerce ecosystem,” said Scott Mulloy, chief technology officer of 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.”
Isis is slated to launch mid-to-early next year in Salt Lake City.