ISIS May Begin Testing Mobile Payment Platform This Month

The mobile payments rumor mill is heating up this morning.

AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless are allegedly gearing up to begin testing the long-planned mobile payment system later this month.

According to a report from ComputerWorld, pilot testing may commence August 20th in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah.

ISIS and Google both use near-field communication technology to allow smartphone owners to make payments at stores and for transportation. The ISIS consortium includes AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless.

For now, ISIS will only confirm that the system is “on track to launch in its pilot markets, Austin and Salt Lake City, this summer.”

As summer quickly winds to a close, it appears that the pilot testing in question could begin imminently.

“ISIS pilots will use Android and BlackBerry devices as well as the iPhone, equipped with a special sleeve that contains the NFC chip,” the report reads.