By Melanie Ortel, Verizon Wireless
With the holidays around the corner, and the biggest shopping day of the year – Black Friday – nearly upon us, bargain hunters are readying themselves for the hectic weeks that lie ahead. This year, lighten your load by leaving your pocketbook at home.
Now, with the latest version of the Isis Mobile Wallet, you can use your smartphone to safely and securely pay for goods and services at thousands of retail locations while keeping your shoulders free.
Gone are the days of lugging around that clunky purse that seems like a black hole when you’re searching for your credit card. Gone, also, is that sinking feeling of arriving at the check-out counter to find you left your wallet in the pocketbook or sports jacket you used at dinner last night.
With the Isis Mobile Wallet you can securely store virtual versions of your credit and debit cards as well as loyalty cards, coupons and other special offers, guaranteeing everything is in one place. Then enjoy hassle-free shopping at over 200,000 retail locations nationwide that are equipped with tap-to-pay terminals, including Toys ‘R’ Us, Jamba Juice and Coca-Cola vending machines. To provide peace of mind, a quick call to Verizon Wireless will freeze the entire wallet if a smartphone is lost or stolen.
Acceptance rates for mobile payments are beginning to soar as shoppers nationwide are getting onboard with using their smartphone for transactions at fast food locations, grocery stores, big box retailers, specialty shops and more. Forrester Research reports that the U.S. will see mobile payments hit $90 billion by 2017, up from $12.8 billion in 2012.
You can download the app for free from the Google Play Store on any of the 15 Isis-ready smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and several from the DROID family. To use the app, you’ll need an enhanced SIM, available from My Verizon or at a Verizon Wireless retail location. To check if your smartphone is already Isis-ready, visit the Verizon Wireless website.
In celebration of the national launch, Verizon Wireless customers will receive $10 when they download the Isis Mobile Wallet and activate a new American Express Serve Account, as well as an additional $10 after their first tap-to-pay transaction at a Verizon Wireless location.