AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon are all part of a fairly new mobile payments solution called Isis, which takes advantage of your phone’s NFC cheap to allow you to use your device as a mobile wallet. The problem with that use case scenario, however, was that it didn’t work for iPhone users, since the device lacks NFC. Now there’s a solution.
AT&T on Friday announced a new case from Incipio called the Cashwrap. It has its own NFC chip and allows iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s users to take advantage of the Isis mobile payment network. There’s also a microSD card slot that uses technology from DeviceFidelity to add extra protection against unwarranted use. When you’re at a counter and ready to pay, just tap the phone against the NFC terminal and you’re good to go.
Isis is still spreading its wings, and it hasn’t worked very well in some of our initial tests, but hopefully it picks up momentum soon. The Incipio Cashwrap is available in pink, gray or black and is online now for $69.99. It will launch in AT&T stores starting on January 31.