Incipio & AT&T finally launch NFC-enabled Cashwrap iPhone case for ISIS payments


A little over a year ago at CES 2013, we first got a look at a new case from Incipio that would allow iPhone users to take advantage of the NFC-based ISIS mobile wallet service that rolled out back in October 2012 for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile customers. While ISIS is usually restricted to NFC enabled Android devices, Incipio teamed up with AT&T to create a case for iPhone called Cashwrap that builds-in the NFC chip and allows iPhone users to make payments using ISIS. Today the company has finally made things official announcing that The Cashwrap will be available online starting today for $69. It will also land in AT&T retail locations starting January 31. 

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The service is not only backed by the major wireless carriers as a competitor to Google Wallet and other mobile payment solutions, it also has support from the big credit card companies for contactless payments at over 200,000 locations nationwide. Normally Android devices require a special SIM card and app to use ISIS, but it’s unclear if iPhone users will have to do the same. The press release notes that “payment card information is stored on a DeviceFidelity microSD based secure element platform.”

The Cashwrap is available now for iPhone 4, 4S, 5, and 5s in Black/Black, Pink/Gray and White/Gray.

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  1. PMZanetti - 9 years ago

    So dumb. So unsafe.

    A plastic card that you carry and swipe is NOT the ridiculous inconvenience that NFC-fanboys want you to believe, and is so much easier to destroy/disable if needed. It also can’t be hacked by another person standing in line with you from their pocket (unless it is one of those stupid cards with an RFID chip in it).

  2. Sweet! Now you can use NFC at the 5 or 6 places businesses in the US that accept it!

  3. beyondthetech - 9 years ago

    According to the AT&T website, they’re designed specifically for AT&T smartphones and will not function properly with an iPhone from any other carrier. How do they make that possible? Me thinks I could try to buy one at an AT&T store and pop it on my T-Mobile iPhone and use the iTapTag app, which also says it’s compatible with the Incipio Cashwrap.

    • orangecl4now - 9 years ago

      Did it work with T-Mobile? I bought one for the iPhone 4S and it worked without any SIM. I was on an AT&T WiFi network at the AT&T Store in NV

  4. jerimacaronion - 9 years ago

    i’m craving for an iphone

  5. Hahaha NFC May catch on one day or one year. For now save my money and not buying this case

  6. Cowan Stark - 9 years ago

    So I thought I’d try this out-it’s going back as soon as possible. First of all the only ‘major carriers’ are Chase, Wells Fargo and American Express. Capitol One pulled out and Citi isn’t biting apparently. I tried registering my Amex card this weekend and it took so long to get the ‘one time password’ that it timed out and I couldn’t get in after 3 attempts. Then if you want to use a non-supported card, you have to register with Amex Serve and put in a pre-paid amount. I got an e-mail today from Amex Serve asking for copies of my social security card or Medicare card AND a driver’s license or passport despite referencing the card I’ve had for over 30 years?! Oh and the chip is powered off the lightening connection so you have to recharge the phone with a micro-usb adapter and can’t dock it with anything without taking the case off-which is not that easy. In my opinion stay clear…


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