AT&T and Incipio today announced the availability of the Cashwrap, a case for the iPhone that includes a secure NFC chip and can be used to make mobile payments via Isis. The case is compatible with the iPhone 4/4S and 5/5s. It must be used with the Isis application, which can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store. Customers register a credit card with the app/service and can then use their iPhone for tap-and-go payments at participating retailers. The case is available from AT&T's web site beginning today, and should reach most AT&T stores January 31. The case comes in black, pink, or white and costs $69. Isis is a joint venture backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. It launched in November and already works with a handful of Android smartphones that have NFC embedded inside. The Cashwrap case from Incipio is necessary for the iPhone because it does not have NFC.
I agree it would be ridiculous to pay more money to get NFC I don't see why anyone needs it at this time on any phone in the US. Can you guys tell me where you are using it, and is it available at most of the stores you go to? I see many stores Starbucks, Amazon, Google Paypal etc. are using mobile wallets without using NFC. From what I read NFC is used as a mobile wallet in some other countries but they don't expect it to be a big deal in the US. So why buy a case to have it unless you live outside the US? Don't think this will be a hot item.
Who would have ever thought that selling a majorly defective product to millions of people and then acting like a douche bag when customers complained would be a win for any company? But apparently it was for Apple, as their customers have all accepted the need to wrap their shiny iPhones (bought mostly for aesthetic reasons in the first place) in some sort of a case in order to achieve what should be core functionality. So, now Apple can omit all the standard hardware it likes (while charging the same retail price as fully featured phones) because it can always sell the additional hardware to its dufus customer at an exorbitant price in the form of a new case.
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