NFC finally comes to the iPhone - but there's a catch

NFC finally comes to the iPhone - but there's a catch

Incipio has released its rumored NFC-enabled case that will enable tap-to-pay on the iPhone. The Incipio Cashwrap works exclusively with the ISIS Mobile Wallet app for AT&T Mobility, and is available today for $69.99. Using the app requires the case, and the Cashwrap is the only case of its kind, according to the announcement:

Using the Incipio Cashwrap™ Case, consumers with an iPhone 4, 4S, 5, and 5S can utilize the Isis Mobile Wallet® to pay and save at stores with just a tap of their smartphone. The Isis Mobile Wallet holds participating payment and loyalty cards, as well as offers. The Incipio® Cashwrap™ Mobile Wallet Case is the only Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile solution for iPhone 5/5s.

Are you excited about NFC payments coming to the iPhone? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Business Wire, Incipio, AT&T

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Armada says:

This is great and all but I'm starting to feel left out in the cold with the lack of accessories for the 5c.

DStLouis says:

Yes we had to choose between 5₵ or 5$, bet on which is receiving more attention.

Honestly this look great,... but this also look to be quite a restricted usage for 69.99$. I don't think it will worth that much.

Why not simply integrate NFC technology in phone devices and follow the lead to which the all industry is moving to.

Analog Spirit says:

It only works with ISIS and then only with AT&T?
No thanks.

pappy53 says:

It also works with Verizon. I bought one of these yesterday at Verizon.

Analog Spirit says:

Oh, OK. So that's... two carriers it works with?
I'd rather just use either Google Wallet or my credit card.

Gsarfin says:

I have Att, iPhone 5S... But ISIS? AT&T only? $70? I'll pas. I am one of the rare people who always still carries cash, and as long as cash is still an acceptable form of payment, I WILL NOT let Att have anything to do with how I do or don't pay for anything other than my Att phone bill!!!

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Derrick4Real says:

ive never understood why i'm supposed to need NFC. I go to starbucks and pay with the app or passbook. Whether it's a scanner or nfc i could care less about the tech particulars. all i care is i show my phone and pay. they have nfc at the gas station and i still prefer to just pay the regular way.

Grahaman27 says:

because you never have used it. its one of those things you need to do to understand.

Blomsternisse says:

NFC is so much more than mobile payments - in fact, it's everything but mobile payments in my opinion. For example, I have business cards with NFC tags, so if someone has an NFC capable phone, they can just read the contact details directly from the tag to their phones. I can also quickly connect to my wireless speakers and headset using NFC. I also put an NFC tag beside my bed and programmed it to set my phone into airplane mode and set an alarm at 6:00 in the morning. That is what you can do with NFC capable phones, which does not work with iPhone.

spencerdl says:

No thanks...NOT that serious

infty says:

I'm not going to give up my lifeproof case for this. You either need a waterproof case or something that can be used with other cases.

I think apple will build that technology in the iphone soon enough.

asuperstarr says:

Check it out! NO!

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DWR_31 says:

As a lover of technology I can only say Google's 4.4 update allows any Android device with NFC the ability to use Mobile Payment Apps without needing a Secure Element.
This is a step forward for IOS users, but it is also something that Android Google Wallet users know all too much about.

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FrankenFuss says:

NFC is still, mostly, a non-starter and with Apple's iBeacons (which many consider to be a superior technology) about to expand out, NFC might go the way of the Dodo. In fact, NFC will probably die on the vine within two years.

Illustrator Joe says:

I'll hold you to that claim.


pgg101 says:

I use NFC everyday to pay for coffee (Tim Hortons). It's great. no need to fumble for change or credit card. 2 of the 5 big five Canadian banks have launched NFC, hopefully the other three get on board. It's actually more secure that your credit card because your device has a password. In a regular NFC credit card, small purchases under $25 or so tony need you to enter your PIN.

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