NFC in the USA

google isis and other nfc phones at att t-mobile sprint and verizon

More and more NFC enabled smartPhones (announced). Some ehh.. a lot are not for the U.S. market, other handsets are announced without info about country and carrier yet.In the US, very few handsets are sold outside of the carriers’ stores. But AmazonWireless also sell CellPhones with Plans from all four carriers. Their prices are often lower.
Just, check it ! AmazonWireless.com.

Click on a carrier logo in the table to go to the carrier website.

All available NFC Phones in the U.S. in one table

Important !, ISIS vs ISIS appr.;
ISIS = mobile wallet officially available,
ISIS appr./ Visa appr. = Mastercard and/or Visa approved the device for contactless payments. At carrier website not yet listed as ISIS ready phone.
Google wallet; see new info about compatible phones further down under the table. Here the list with all Mastercard and Visa approved phones.

CARRIER http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phones http://www.sprint.com http://www.t-mobile.com http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/index.html
ASUS padfone X ISIS soon
 BlackBerry Z30 x
BlackBerry Q10  x  x ISIS appr. ISIS appr.
 BlackBerry Z10  ISIS appr. ISIS appr. ISIS appr.
BlackBerry 9900/9930 x x x x
BlackBerry 9350 /9360/9370 x x x x
new HTC one x x x x
HTC One Max x x ISIS
Windows Phone 8X HTC  ISIS appr. ISIS appr. ISIS appr.
HTC droid incredible 4G LTE ISIS
HTC Amaze ISIS appr.
HTC EVO 4G LTE no google
tap and pay
 HTC ONE X+  ISIS appr.
 Nexus 4 x
Kyocera Hydro Elite  visa appr.
Kyocera Torque Mastercard
LG G flex soon soon soon
LG Nexus 5 x x
LG F6 ISIS appr.
LG G2 ISIS appr. Mast; appr. ISIS appr. ISIS appr.
LG Optimus F3 visa appr.
 LG Mach x
 LG Optimus G Pro  ISIS
LG Optimus G ISIS Mastercard
LG Intuition ISIS appr.
LG Spectrum 2 (LTE 2) ISIS
 LG L9 x
LG Escape ISIS
LG Viper x
LG Optimus Net / Elite x
Motorola Moto X ISIS appr. Mast. appr. ISIS appr. ISIS appr.
Motorola droid mini ISIS appr.
Motorola droid maxx ISIS appr.
 Motorola droid ultra  ISIS appr.
Motorola droid RAZR (MAXX) HD ISIS
Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Masterc. appr.

NEC Terrain

NEC Casio G’Zone
Commando II, C811
 ISIS appr.
NEC Casio
NE-201A1A ?, Visa appr.
Nokia Lumia Icon soon
Nokia Lumia 1520 x
 Nokia Lumia 1020, ISIS appr.
Nokia Lumia 720, ISIS appr.
Nokia Lumia 925  x ISIS appr.
 Nokia Lumia 928 ISIS appr.
Nokia Lumia 810 Masterc. appr.
 Nokia Lumia 822 ISIS appr.
 Nokia Lumia 820 Masterc.appr.
 Nokia Lumia 920  Masterc.appr.
Nokia C7 astound x
Pantech P9090 (Magnus), Visa appr.
Pantech Perception ISIS
Pantech ADR930L (Marauder), visa appr. nfc?
Pantech Discover ISIS
Buy Online, Pick Up in Your Local Best Buy Store-Same-Day Pickup Guarantee. http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phones http://www.sprint.com http://www.t-mobile.com http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/index.html
Samsung ATIV SE x
Samsung gal S5 soon soon soon soon
Samsung Gal. S4 zoom x
Samsung S4 mini x x x
Samsung Note 3
no google tap and pay!
ISIS appr. Mast.. appr. ISIS appr. ISIS appr.
Samsung ATIV S Neo  ISIS appr. x
Samsung Gal. S4 Active ISIS appr.
Samsung Galaxy S4 ISIS x ISIS appr. ISIS
 Samsung Ativ Odyssey ISIS appr.
Samsung Gal. Express ISIS
Samsung Stratosphere II ISIS
Samsung Gal.Rugby pro ISIS
Samsung Gal .Exhilarate
andr. 4 – 4.1 only
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 ISIS appr. x ISIS ISIS
Samsung Galaxy Victory x
 Samsung Midas Masterc. appr.
Samsung Galaxy S 3 ISIS x ISIS ISIS
Galaxy Nexus x x
Google Nexus S x x x
Samsung Galaxy S II NFC disabled non NFC SGH-T989
Galaxy Note – NFC disabled NFC disabled
Samsung Gal. S Relay 4G ISIS
Samsung Gal. S Blaze 4G x
Galaxy S II Skyrocket enabled? phone listed at tectiles site.. still disabled?
Sony Z1S soon
Xperia Z Ultra at Sony store
Xperia Z1 at Sony store
 Sony Xperia Z x
Sony Xperia ZL
Sony Xperia TL ISIS
Sony Xperia ion x
ZTE Sprint Vital x
ZTE Inspiration to be ann. Mastercard appr. ?
ZTE Aurora to be ann. Mastercard appr. ?
 ZTE Sprint Flash x
ZTE Sprint Force x
Click on a logo to go to the carrier website; http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phones http://www.sprint.com http://www.t-mobile.com http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/index.html

NFC news – USA related


Google Wallet . . Google Wallet support at these merchants in the USA;

Google Wallet where it works.(Better a link than an outdated list)

Google Wallet now supports all debit and credit cards from MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. You can use any card when you shop online or in-store with Google Wallet. Now you can also remotely disable your mobile wallet app from your Google Wallet account on the web.

Google wallet tap and pay functionality is only available in the US.
It requires an NFC-enabled Android device running 4.4 (KitKat) or higher on any carrier network.
The new google wallet uses host card emulation (HCE), introduced with android 4.4. The embedded secure element is no longer supported and replaced by the cloud.
Two nfc phones running KitKat cannot be used for tap and pay: Samsung Galaxy Note III and the Evo 4G LTE.
Beginning on April 14, 2014, NFC phones with Android versions older than Android 4.4 (KitKat) will no longer be supported for tap and pay.
source; google support

Except for the Sprint phones in the table, following phones are suitable for google wallet;
HTC One SV (running Android 4.1 or higher) on Boost Mobile
LG Optimus Elite on Virgin Mobile and Zact Mobile
LG Viper 4G LTE on Zact Mobile
LG Nexus 4 GSM/HSPA+ (available for purchase on Google Play)
Motorola Moto X on  US Cellular
Samsung Galaxy S4 on US Cellular, and Google Play.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on US Cellular
Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM/HSPA+
Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE on Virgin Mobile
Samsung Galaxy SIII on MetroPCS, US Cellular, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile
Samsung Galaxy Axiom on US Cellular

“At this time, Google Wallet does not support devices purchased internationally. The eligible device list above only applies to devices purchased from the listed carriers next to them. For example, an unlocked Samsung Galaxy SIII purchased internationally will not work with Google Wallet.” (Google support)

ISIS . .
isis nfc mobile wallet pay and go logoNational Introduction of ISIS
update Aug.’13; Isis announced plans to roll out the Isis Mobile Wallet nationwide. The pilots in Austin and Salt Lake City are successful. ISIS incorporates feedback from the pilots into the next generation of the Mobile Wallet and prepares for national availability later in 2013.
And … “Support for iPhone, Windows Phone and Blackberry 10 is expected to be introduced later this year” (ISIS press release). Maybe a sleeve to support the Iphones? Orrr ..

How to Get Started With the Isis Mobile Wallet;
– Visit an AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA or Verizon Wireless retail store in Austin or Salt Lake City to receive a secure element SIM and ensure your handset model is Isis Ready.
– Download the Isis Mobile Wallet application from Google Play.
– Load an eligible American Express, Capital One or Chase credit card into the Isis Mobile Wallet or get started with the Isis Cash™ card that comes in every Wallet.
– Get out and get tapping at any of the thousands of locations across the USA where contactless payments are accepted.” Source; PaywithISIS.com

Take the BUS with ISIS !
With ISIS, you pay with your phone. (o k, just at Utah Transit Authority) Tap your phone and get in the bus/train/metro, when you get out, you tap again. At the backend the trip is calculated and charged. Free rides till Sept. 30, 2013. (extended), yes $ 0,-. Contactless payments at its best. Someday, public transport should work like this, everywhere.
See how you pay with your phone;



NFC enabled CellPhones can read/write Tags, share and pair. No wallet service available yet. ISIS will be available for Android handset users beginning in spring 2012. Update; ISIS starts this summer in Austin and Salt Lake City.

T-mobile disabled NFC on the BlackBerry’s, it’s not possible to enable with software/O.S. update. Depends 100% on T-mobile. Reading/writing tags is now possible with OS or higher.

update 28 aug.’12; “Great service requires capable devices, and we’re beginning to introduce NFC as a capability in the high-end smartphones we offer. T-Mobile already offers NFC-enabled phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC Amaze 4G and Blackberry Bold 9900” (sr vc president T-Mobile)



Update sept ’11; AT&T’s Galaxy S II is not NFC-enabled, Samsung and AT&T didn’t want to say what the intension is . (It seems that the NFC functionality is “dormant”.

The words “Near Field Communications” are inscribed on the battery. Traces of NFC in the Phone’s firmware, and a not functioning NFC Service app.) according engadget.

Maybe AT&T is just waiting the roll out of ISIS virtual wallet program. But why disable peer-to-peer and reader/writer mode if NFC chip is onboard?

update Okt ’11; Rumor, AT&T’s Galaxy S II, NFC enabled with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update.

A marketing director for Samsung Telecommunications America told NFC Times that AT&T instructed the handset maker not to load NFC phone software into the Samsung Galaxy Note. source; NFCTimes

At this time, AT&T has refused to comment on why they have repeatedly disabled NFC on their devices ..



Sprint will introduce 2 NFC enabled handsets supporting Google Wallet. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper, also an Android phone. The first handsets supporting 4G LTE technology. The phones will be available during the first half of 2012 (probably in the second quarter?)

april ’12; Google Wallet is available on three new phones from Sprint, including: Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper 4G LTE and LG Optimus Elite. Google Wallet will also be available on the LG Optimus Elite from Virgin Mobile.



The Galaxy Nexus has arrived in the U.S on the Verizon network without the Google Wallet.

“Verizon asked us not to include this functionality in the product,” a Google spokesperson told Reuters.

Fix; Google Wallet on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus without rooting. Outside USA rooted device needed. Procedure is simple, but not for all successful. Thread on forum.xda-developers.com, with hundreds thousands of posts.



Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Nokia will test NFC ticketing in a small pilot (only 20 MTA employees) before the end of 2011. This trial is similar to the NFC ticketing trial in Germany which enable riders to post-pay rides by tapping tags at entrance and departure stations.

The employees will be able to tap NFC tags with Nokia NFC Phones upon entering and exiting train stations. Pilot is on one commuter line of the Long Island Rail Road in New York.

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