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Isis to Launch on Oct. 22

NEW YORK -- Isis will officially launch its near field communication (NFC)-based mobile wallet payment service on Oct. 22.

Isis, formed by Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA, will first debut as a test service in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City. According to Jaymee Johnson, Isis' head of marketing, "as many as 20 Isis-ready handsets are expected to be in the market by the end of 2012."

Isis was expected to debut during the summer. However, its introduction was delayed so that the company could provide a "great consumer experience."

Isis' Android application (app) is now live in Google Play. But the app is only available for T-Mobile USA customers, reported Wireless Week.

According to media reports, Isis is actually available in one place -- although on a small scale -- in advance of its debut. The mobile wallet payment system is live at an Aramark cafeteria located inside Verizon's Basking Ridge, N.J., headquarters.

At Verizon's headquarters, Isis partner Micros Systems launched the Isis SmartTap NFC-enabled contactless payments readers at all 10 checkout stations in the cafeteria. There, Aramark customers who own an NFC-enabled phone and who installed the Isis mobile wallet app can pay for meals by tapping their smartphone against the SmartTap reader.

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