ISIS mobile payments gets name change to Softcard

With the name ISIS still bringing up thoughts about a group of terrorists in the Middle East, the mobile payments company by the same name is getting re-branded. Owned by a conglomerate that includes Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T, ISIS will now be called Softcard. While the name has changed, the mobile payments firm will continue to offer the same tap to pay services. It will take a few weeks for the name change to take effect for all subscribers.

It's too bad that in this day and age, we have to worry about a company changing its name so as not to be confused with a violent organization. ISIS had announced its intention to re-brand earlier this year, but recent developments have forced it to move up the timeline.

It is expected that the newly named Softcard will be facing a new competitor when the Apple iPhone 6 is introduced on September 9th. The next iteration of Apple's smartphone is expected to offer NFC connectivity and a new mobile payment platform. Currently, certain models of the iPhone can use the Incipio Cashwrap case that comes with a micro NFC chip, and works in conjunction with the ISIS mobile wallet app. 

While the ISIS terror group has recently changed its name to ISIL, it probably is still a good idea on Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T's part to change the name of its mobile payment service                                        

source: Softcard via Phonescoop

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12 Comments

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i guess porn sites should change the MILF title as there is a terrorist organisation with that name too

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Are the terrorists in that group actually MILFs? :)

6. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Yes. For them they were not terrorist but liberators. Morro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF based on Philippines

2. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

how unfortunate they can't sue the group that's copying their name. ...which strikes an idea! perhaps companies hell-bent ruining each other can finance a terrorist group and have them use the trademarked/patented names of their rivals.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Would make for some very interesting Google search results too :)

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

That's the old American way to deal with a problem: sue until you get your way.

5. joey18

Posts: 666; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

ala ala ala mobile payment samsung s6

7. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Isis, softcard, whatever it still sucks....can't be compared to Google wallet

8. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I lauged more then I should

10. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

ISIS in need of a name change. Shieet.

11. md227a

Posts: 226; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Love google wallet! Use it almost every day.

12. calebchoo88

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

does ISIS allow merchant outside of USA?

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