We knew Google Wallet would not be the only mobile payment solution on the market back in December 2011 when carriers moved to block the service in anticipation of their own ISIS mobile payment project. Today, a report from TmoNews, citing an image of internal T-Mobile documents, claimed the carrier is getting ready for a pilot program of ISIS starting Oct. 22.
According to the document, the ISIS Mobile Wallet service will roll out via the Google Play store to Galaxy S III and Galaxy S Relay 4G users in Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas. It will also require an ISIS SIM card, but T-Mobile will offer $25 in ISIS cash as a special offer for activating the service:
As an added bonus, the second image indicates a special offer for up to $25 in “ISIS cash.” That’s good for $10 when you activate your ISIS mobile wallet and another $15 if you convert the ISIS cash card to a reloadable prepaid card. We’re not exactly sure how the last part works, so we’ll have to wait for official word from T-Mobile and its ISIS partners.
ISIS also has support from many of the other major carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, and it will likely run pilot trials of the service on those carriers in the months to come.