SMRPodcast #135: Allison “Hot Sauce” Sheridan

This week in episode #135 of the SMRPodcast, we are joined, once again, by Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast podcast to get her thoughts on the iPhone 5.  Allison was one of the 2 million people to order the iPhone 5 in within the first 24 hours that it was available, but, won’t get her device until October 5th.  Needless to say we talk a lot of iPhone 5 in the first hour of the show, including the Jimmy Kimmel video  where he gets people on the street reactions to the the iPhone 5 will showing them an iPhone 4S.

We also talk NFC, and if it will ever take of for mobile payments.  Rod and Chris get into a heated debate on my hypothetical question of if NFC would catch on if the DMV could pair your NFC chip to your drivers license allowing you to use your form as a form of Identification.  We’ve got all this, plus our picks, in episode #135 of the SMRPodcast…

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Foursquare for BlackBerry Update Adds NFC Support

For all of you BlackBerry users that like to “Check-In” using Foursquare, you’ll be happy to know that Foursquare for BlackBerry has been updated to version 3.9 and now includes NFC support.

The new NFC feature will allow you to check-in to a venue simply by tapping your BlackBerry with an NFC chip.  Not sure where you can actually do this in the real world, but, here is what it will look like when you do…

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 approved for Mastercard NFC payments

This morning via press release Research in Motion announced that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 have become the world’s first SIM-based smartphones to receive MasterCard PayPass handset certification, allowing BlackBerry users to pay for goods and services using NFC (Near Field Communications) at merchants that accept MasterCard.

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Research in Motion Unveils BlackBerry Tag… Kind of reminds us of “Bump”

During his keynote presentation at the GITEX conference in Dubai, Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie this morning introduced BlackBerry Tag, new service coming to BlackBerry devices that support NFC which will allow BlackBerry users to tap their devices together and instantly share data such as contact information (including BBM contacts), documents, pictures, and even multimedia.  BlackBerry Tag reminds me a lot of Bump, the popular iPhone and Android application, but, with the added benefit that BlackBerry users won’t have to install the app, as, it will be included in a future update of the BlackBerry 7 operating system…

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AT&T, T-Mobile, And Verizon Join Forces And Launch ISIS Mobile Commerce Network

Press Release


Isis to Lead the U.S. Payments Industry from Cards to Mobile Phones; Available to All Merchants, Banks and Wireless Service Providers; Venture Led By Former GE Capital Financial Executive

New York – November 16, 2010 – AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless today announced the formation of a joint venture chartered with building ISIS™, a national mobile commerce network that aims to fundamentally transform how people shop, pay and save.

Isis’ initial focus will be on building a mobile payment network that utilizes mobile phones to make point-of-sale purchases. By utilizing smartphone and near-field communication (NFC) technology to modernize the payments process, Isis intends to deliver new levels of competition and value to consumers and merchants. Isis expects to introduce its service in key geographic markets during the next 18 months.

Michael Abbott has been named as Chief Executive Officer of Isis. Formerly with GE Capital, Abbott is a veteran financial services executive with extensive experience in the payment and technology industries.

“Our mobile commerce network, through relationships with merchants, will provide an enhanced, more convenient, more personalized shopping experience for consumers,” said Michael Abbott, Chief Executive Officer of Isis. “While mobile payments will be at the core of our offering, it is only the start. We plan to create a mobile wallet that ultimately eliminates the need for consumers to carry cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes.”

Isis Brings Both Consumer and Merchant Scale

Founding members, AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, collectively provide wireless services to more than 200 million consumers who will have access to the Isis service. Isis is working with Discover Financial Services’ payment network, currently accepted at more than seven million merchant locations nationwide, to develop an extensive mobile payment infrastructure for the joint venture.

Barclaycard US, part of Barclays PLC, is expected to be the first issuer on the network, offering multiple mobile payment products to meet the needs of every customer.

“We believe the venture will have the scope and scale necessary to introduce mobile commerce on a broad basis. In the beginning, we intend to fully utilize Discover’s national payment infrastructure as well as Barclaycard’s expertise in contactless and mobile payments,” said Abbott. “Moving forward, Isis will be available to all interested merchants, banks and mobile carriers.”

How It Works

The new venture will enable contactless mobile payment and commerce services using near-field communication technology. NFC uses short-range, high frequency wireless technology to enable the encrypted exchange of information between devices at a short distance. The new system is being designed and built to include strong security and privacy safeguards.

About Isis

The joint venture is between AT&T Mobility LLC, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless and is based in New York City.  The venture is chartered with building ISIS™, a national mobile commerce network that will fundamentally transform how people shop, pay and save.  The Isis mobile commerce network will be available to all merchants, banks and mobile carriers. ISIS is a trademark of JVL Ventures, LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries.  Other logos, product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.