ISIS will rebrand NFC payment service following violence in Middle East

Following the rise of the ISIS militant group, or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, in the Middle East, NFC-based mobile payment service ISIS, which is formed out of a joint venture between AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile, will be re-branding its services. Though the decision was made for a rebranding to distance ISIS from the ongoing violence in the Middle East, the mobile payment venture has not disclosed what its new name will be in the future.

"However coincidental, we have no interest in sharing a name with a group whose name has become synonymous with violence and our hearts go out to those who are suffering," the company said in a statement. "As a company, we have made the decision to rebrand."

ISIS' tap-to-pay NFC service is available on a number of Android handsets available through AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Additionally, Apple's iPhone, despite the lack of a built-in NFC radio and chip, can also be made compatible with the ISIS payment service through a third-party case that integrates the NFC radio and connects to the phone via either the Lightning port or the 30-pin dock connector.

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aitt says:


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gyatty says:

Lol. Sorry. Try again.
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, referred to as simply "Sisi", is Egypt's current oppressive leader.

aitt says:


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udazavlanje says:

Try to go liberal and "democratic" with Muslim Brotherhood thugs w their radical ideas and see where you gonna end up. Give them a street corner and they will take the city. Majority of people said no to them and there is no other option as of this moment, but to have military deal with the problem. That region has had very hard time to keep things in order and peace in "democratic" environment.

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Amir47 says:

Maybe no involvement in the first place would be a good idea. Last time The USA got their way the Egyptian people got a dictator. No fucks given by the US if he oppressed his people or not as long as he was pro US. Same shit in Saudi Arabia. Bunch of dictator cocksuckers but no fucks given cuz they're pro US.
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It sucks. But I don't blame them. Terrible association.


eahinrichsen says:

I'm just imagining the ISIS marketing people seeing the first news reports about ISIS militants and just thinking "Oh, shiiiiiit."

minnow4 says:

Not to mention the social networks advertising

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Channan says:

My mom just asked me today if I've ever heard of ISIS. I said yeah. She asked me if I knew what it stood for. I was like no? When she told me Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, I was like dafuq you talking about?

You mean marketing people for the ISIS in Iraq? Can't blame them for not wanting to be associated with Verizon...

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mwara244 says:

ISIS learned all their dirty tricks from corporations anyway, might as well name themselves after one, especially Blackwater, I mean Xe now because of all the Iraqi civilians they killed. We have civilian contractors go in and train these terror groups now to start revolutions and overthrow states so it technically won';t lead back to the US, supposedly.

But technically ISIS was started By The Saudi's and Qatar and then it got away from them and they lost control of the group.

Saneless says:

I actually imagined militants feeling bad about being associated with AT&T and Verizon

88 FLUX says:

It would be awesome if they would rebrand themselves as Google Wallet.

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dwd3885 says:

wonder if they'll have more deals when the rebrand is complete. I LOVE Isis. More discounts and deals than Google Wallet.

drac94 says:

I suggest Archer

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Xader says:

lol. I was thinking ODIN.

I'm waiting for next season to see if Mallory changes the name. The only thing she hates more than losing money is damage to her reputation.

seanjenkins says:

Al Bagdhadi hates NFC payments


jimpryde says:

How about they offer $2 per tap transaction instead of just $1? I got $25 for signing up for the Amex, and another $15 for adding money to the card.

Executor32 says:

You know, much as I despise ISIS for the Google Wallet cockblock perpetrated by its member carriers, I'm too poor to pass up free money. Congrats, you've made me actually sign up for the thing. :D

AshtonVibe says:

Ha! I have been thinking about this coincidence ever since I heard about ISI... Uh, I mean, that terrorist group. I was like: "Really? A terrorist group named themselves after a wireless payment system? Maybe the media shortened it that way, who knows.
I've also thought about ISIS Mobile before the terrorist group at first, and the other way around, when reading ISIS articles. Not until you read further, do you realize who the media is talking about.
I wonder, does ISIS use ISIS in real life? Is ISIS providing ISIS utility as-IS? See, two meanings to both questions, just depends on how you look at it lol.
IS ISIS CHANGING ISIS BECAUSE ISIS IS REFERRED TO AS ISIS? LOL. Anyways, good move ISIS... The mobile phone NFC supporter, that doesnt belong to a terrorist group.

bplewis24 says:

I believe ISIS (terrorist group) is the acronym for the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria". So yes, it was shortened to very unfortunately the same as the Isis mobile wallet organization.

Userp222 says:

Why bother it's worthless

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fuzzylumpkin says:

Another excellent example of "not letting the terrorists win" lol

I wonder what Mallory Archer is going to have to say about this?

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c0ldburn3r says:

Just dump the program. Google Wallet is accepted more widely.

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paul-c says:


dwd3885 says:

only because google does a work around. ISIS payments actually are tied to a credit card, so points you can pay certain transactions are acceptable, unlike google wallets virtual card. There are also more deals with ISIS, like $1 back on every purchase and free jamba juice.

TallyHo says:

Well if there is free Jamba Juice then all hail ISIS......errrr......NFC payment system to be named later.

TallyHo says:

Almost as bad as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the Philippines.

NoNexus says:

Yeah they ruined porn for me

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ScottJ says:

Now you're just left using the stylus port on your Note 3. A couple condoms and you were able to achieve a snug fit.

NoNexus says:

Awe....still getting more than you ever had, but I only triple wrap with your sister. 6 magnums usually make sure I am protected properly

jd914 says:

don't worry ISIS nobody cares about you or uses you. Thanks.

TheDu9du says:

+1 this article could use a Sponge Bob with a rainbow in his hands saying "NO BODY CARES"

aitt says:

On the contrary I use it and wallet. Nice Google create a workaround so that I can use both.

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Kraizk says:

Next up, International Secret Intelligence Service renames itself as well....

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quailallstar says:

Funny I thought about this too. Now its happening.

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orlanka says:

Considering the way the carriers acted towards Wallet so they could promote their own application, ISIS still seems like a fitting name.


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planoman says:

+1...I refuse to use it because of the years they removed my choice to use Google Wallet! Thank goodness for Nexus devices and the kit cat work around!

Daz73r4real says:

Keep the name just put underneath
Not to be mistaken for companies and organisations of the same name

juhmayfay says:

What would happen if there was an Arabic Persons Police Liberation Entity (APPLE) militant group?

NoNexus says:

They would get sued?

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Hand_O_Death says:

And Apple would somehow win too because the militants guns have rounded edges.
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cowboys2000 says:

APPLE Inc would take them to court!! along with Samsung and google.... :)

ScottJ says:

The Egyptian goddess Isis is really pissed, as is Billy Batson.

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TheNexusMan says:

They should change it to Al-Qaeda

hairball45 says:

Or just get rid of the useless damn thing and let folks do Google Wallet if they want such a thing.

vansmack says:

Actually ISIS issued a caliphate over the wider region and changed its name simply to the "Islamic State" last week.

Once again, ISIS the mobile payment service is late to the party....

yankeesusa says:

They need to just shut down and sell to Google. I use Google wallet more than Isis.

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D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

Dump it and use Google Wallet instead.

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RexMaximus says:

Considering how Islamic extremists feel about polytheist religions, I'm surprised the group shares its name with the Egyptian goddess of marriage, love, and health. By the goddess, she is pissed!

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Abionic says:

Try picking a name that has nothing to with middle eastern gods. Scratch that, pick a name that has nothing to do with gods. Pagan or otherwise.

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TheDu9du says:

Will the new name be "Terrorist Organization of Google Wallet Haters"
Or TOGWH for short.

The only time I ever used ISIS was to get free drinks at Jamba Juice. Give me more free stuff ISIS, Google Wallet too, I won't just use your service when there's no extra incentive for me.

misterfan says:

Any Archer fans? I always thought of International Secret Intelligence Service whenever I saw ISIS.

natefish says:

Wondered if this might happen. Tbh, I did wonder if there was a secret connection. I watch too much 24.

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Lantesh says:

Verizon is overreacting. Nobody in the U. S. is going to care. The expense of rebranding is a complete waste of time.

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metacuate says:

They are changing this because of so many many comments on social media. They need a name that tells people this is a mobile wallet, so people don't say, "what's isis"?

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ConTejas says:

Like Google Wallet...

Never understood how there wasn't some sort of anti-competition suit etc. brought against the carriers (by the governments if not Google) for blocking GW for years while they "rushed" to finish their attempt. I won't use it even for free Jamba drinks.

Gearu says:

militant ISIS already rebranded to IS though, so this isn't necessary.

Hand_O_Death says:

Shh don't ruin the multi million dollar decision before it is made. That takes out all the fun.

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