Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, has announced it will pilot its mobile commerce program in Salt Lake City next year. The program will enable consumers to tap and pay for goods at various merchant locations in the Salt Lake City area using only an NFC-enabled mobile phone.
Isis has also entered into an agreement with Utah Transit Authority (UTA) to bring mobile payments to UTA’s transit system, making it the first mobile transportation fare payment program in the U.S. According to Isis, UTA is a pioneer in contactless payments for transit in the US, having integrated support for contactless credit and debit cards in early 2009.
“We are pleased Isis mobile payments will be available throughout the Salt Lake City area starting with UTA, and we look forward to many other merchants throughout the county offering this exciting mobile commerce service,” said Mayor Peter Corroon, Salt Lake County.
Isis says it is in the process of building the necessary infrastructure to enable mobile commerce on a nationwide scale, making the service available to all merchants, banks, payment networks and mobile carriers in the near future.
The pilot is expected to launch in mid-to-early 2012.