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

Press Release

AT&T, T-MOBILE AND VERIZON WIRELESS ANNOUNCE JOINT VENTURE TO BUILD NATIONAL MOBILE COMMERCE NETWORK

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.

Confirmed: T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9780 Coming Nov. 17th For $129.99

As estimated, the BlackBerry Bold 9780, officially announced this morning, will hit T-Mobile on November 17th and cost $129.99 on a 2-year service plan after a $50 mail-in rebate.  180 bucks out the door for a BlackBerry device of this caliber is not bad…  Not bad at all..

Get more details by heading over to http://blackberry.t-mobile.com/bold.

T-Mobile To Roll Out $14.99 Per Month Tethering Option… Makes No Sense For BlackBerry Users

We just heard that T-Mobile  is going to roll out a $14.99 per month tethering option for its users starting Nov. 3rd.  Depending on your 3G or HSPA+ device, you will be able to tether and / or use your device as a wireless hotspot.  In order to use the tethering service, T-Mobile customers must have an unlimited web plan of at least $19.99 per month.  The $14.99 monthly tethering fee will be added on top of that.

This service might actually be kind of cool for non-BlackBerry using T-Mobile subscribers that don’t need a dedicated mobile broadband device with it’s own monthly data plan, however, a tethering option for BlackBerry users with a monthly fee is a horrible idea when you could just purchase an application like Tether for BlackBerry once.

T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9780 Estimated To Be Released Nov. 17th

TmoNews has come across an internal presentation from T-Mobile with a slide showing an estimated November 17th release date for the BlackBerry Bold 9780.   The Bold 9780 is basically a refresh of the the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and sports a fast 624 MHz process, 512 MB of memory, and a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash, autofocus, and a digital zoom.  This device will also run BlackBerry 6 out of the box.

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T-Mobile — BlackBerry Curve 3G Due In “Coming Weeks”

Now that Research in Motion has officially announced the BlackBerry Curve 3G, T-Mobile let it be known that BlackBerry 6 Ready device will be available on their network in the “coming weeks”.  T-Mobile isn’t give an exact release date or price point, however, we expect that it won’t cost much more than the BlackBerry Curve 8500.

[Via Engadget Mobile]

OS Update for T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 – .713!

Hot off the press!  There’s an update for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 for T-Moblile. No changelog as of yet but will keep you updated.

This update will now bring the OS to 5.0.0.713

I’m currently updating the OS via the OTA update feature.  To access this, go to Options, Advanced options, Wireless Updates. It may take a couple of tries to get it to show, but trust me… it’s live!

Go out and get it!  Comment on anything you guys/gals notice :)

OS 5.0.0.586 Released For The T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700

OS 5.0.0.586 for the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 has been officially released.  Reported enhancements include:

  • Increased OS stability
  • Improved SMS interface
  • Visual Voicemail improvement
  • Resolved 3G issues
  • Mobile backup support
  • Improved trackpad performance
Download OS 5.0.0.586 for the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700