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KBode
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11/8/2013 | 11:06:22 AM
Re: Isis opening up
I agree a lot of that is likely Android fanboys, but there's also a lot of people in there noting that the app simply doesn't work well.

I've heard some try to argue that Google's to blame because Wallet demands use of the phone's secure element, but that doesn't justify a carrier telling consumers how the OS and hardware on a phone they own should interact. Especially given Verizon has a long, long history of trying to curtail handset advancements they don't like to either promote their own services (blocking Blackberry apps from being able to use the GPS radio so users have to pay Verizon $10 a month, or trying to cripple Blutooth, Wi-Fi or tethering so users have to pay more). Ranted a little bit about this yesterday over at DSLREPORTS.
Sarah Thomas
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11/8/2013 | 10:55:19 AM
Re: Isis opening up
Wow, I hadn't seen those reviews and Isis' whopping 1.4 rating score. Some of the highlights:

- "limited and greedy"

- "hateful carrier bullying"

- "garbage" x 2

I think a lot of these people are Android fans that are pissed about Google Wallet, so the low scores may be more a reflection of that than the performance of Isis itself, but still. No one is buying the "security threat" angle Verizon tried to sell on blocking Google Wallet. 
KBode
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KBode,
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11/8/2013 | 9:30:03 AM
Re: Isis opening up
This does seem like a good call by Sprint. I think one only needs to read the reviews for the Isis Android app over at the Google Play store to get a good idea of consumer feedback to the Isis product. I continue to think that telco carriers without much of a history of software innovation (outside the network) should stick to what they do best and get out of the way.
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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11/7/2013 | 12:50:09 PM
Re: Isis opening up
Ah yes, the cool factor. That's partly why Starbucks picked Google for WiFi too, right? The cool factor + promise of new revenue/promotional/ad opportunities.
Sarah Thomas
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11/7/2013 | 12:49:21 PM
Re: Back to the Past
Ha, good analogy. Sprint told me nearly two years ago that all its handsets would include NFC. I will have to check on that to make sure it happened. Its retail site doesn't even list NFC as a feature you can search for, so I'm not sure if it was able to stick to that promise. Well, we know it couldn't because the iPhone doesn't have it. Handset makers haven't helped the cause much either.
MordyK
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MordyK,
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11/7/2013 | 12:45:18 PM
Re: Isis opening up
Online Google is the best, in the real world?

When Google Wallet just launched I met the guy at Macy's who did the participation agreement, and when I asked him why he allocated the resources he said he thought Macy's would get some cool factor rubbing off of Google.
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11/7/2013 | 12:43:42 PM
Back to the Past
Ah, ISIS and NFC – both so much hyped and little or no uptake.   I remember the first Nokia phone with NFC that I helped introduced for AT&T Wireless (the company that was spun off from AT&T, acquired by Cingular and re-acquired by AT&T (formerly Southwestern Bell) in the early 2000's.  The technology that would change how we buy everything.  10-12 years later, same old same old, but now you have two technologies each spinning their wheels with no traction.  Reminds me of the courtroom scene in "My Cousin Vinny," where Marisa Tomei is explaining how in Alabama "when a car is stuck in the mud one wheel keeps spinning and the other does nothing."  
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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11/7/2013 | 12:39:58 PM
Re: Isis opening up
I'm not sure if they have a revenue-share agreement, I think they were more excited about the potential of revenues coming from related ads and services. They aren't exclusive with Google and are pursuing other routes, including their own services/wallets, but I think of any partner to start with, Google is a pretty good one. 

But, you're right, I've never seen anyone use Google Wallet at least...
MordyK
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MordyK,
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11/7/2013 | 12:36:40 PM
Re: Isis opening up
The question is not why Sprint allowed certain functionality in Google Wallet, its why they aligned with a party and trusted them to bring their approach to market.

Google Wallet is now in its 3rd incarnation with little uptake to show for it. SO my question is really what was in it for Sprint? rev share?
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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11/7/2013 | 12:28:26 PM
Re: Isis opening up
Thanks, Mordy. What are your main questions re Sprint and Google Wallet?
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