Originally Posted by gerg004
After that process is finished, can we walk into Verizon and say "hey, can I get one of those new fancy SIM cards with NFC? "
Yes, you can do exactly that. I did that on my g'nex to try and use ISIS...never worked, but the sales rep had no issue upgrading the SIM. No charge and no threat to unlimited data.
Just to clarify, by the way: the SIM cards do not make a phone NFC-enabled by default. You can't suddenly start tapping if you plug an "NFC-Enabled" SIM into an older phone like a Droid Razr or equivalent. They simply provide another place for credit card info or other secure information to be stored, called a Secure Element. I'm fairly sure that ISIS is the only service that uses the SIM-based SE, as Google Wallet uses the SE that comes integrated in the battery on most other phones (yes, there's a little bit of flash memory in the battery). The reason for the use of the SIM card is because it's 100% carrier owned and controlled--if anyone recalls, that was the excuse used to keep Google Wallet off the play store: the carriers wanted access to the SE, but the SE was on the phone, which they didn't necessarily own. So now they get the SE in something that they *do* actually own, and nobody's any happier for it.
Hurray for bureaucracy.