Softcard now available for Verizon branded Windows Phones with NFC support

Softcard now available for Verizon branded Windows Phones with NFC support
Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T are the three stateside carriers that have combined to offer mobile payment service Softcard. Originally titled ISIS, the rise of the terror organization forced the name change. While Softcard had been available for Android handsets, Verizon is now offering the service to those sporting a Windows Phone handset that comes with NFC.

Now that Verizon branded Windows Phone handsets can install the free Softcard app from the Windows Phone Store, both Big Red and AT&T now offer Softcard for Windows Phone models. Once you install the app on your handset, you need to make sure you have the special, secure SIM card required to use the mobile payment feature. After you install the app and swap out your SIM card, you are ready to use Softcard.

When you're out at an establishment that accepts Softcard payments, simply open the app using your PIN number. Select which card you want to use for this particular purchase, and tap the back of your phone against the Softcard terminal. It is as easy as that.

You can see how the whole process works by clicking on the video embedded below.



source: Softcard (1), (2) via WindowsCentral

UPDATE: Apparently, many Verizon users with a Windows Phone handset have tried to load the Softcard app and were shot down. According to the official Softcard site, the app is supported only by the HTC One M8 for Windows. This could be related to the Windows Phone 8.1 update 1 which the HTC branded handset came with out of the box. As we told you earlier today, this is part of the Lumia Denim update that will soon be rolling out to Lumia handsets.


source: Softcard via WMPoweruser

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2 Comments

1. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Amazing how wp needs a bleeding edge update just to enable a feature that other phones had for years. Poor ms.

2. hurrycanger

Posts: 1769; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

At least it's getting the feature. I ain't complain about this, haha. Hope it rolls out for T-mobile, too... and hope T-mobile gets more WP devices, the good ones, and those with NFC, too. Samsung already spoiled me with their cheap Galaxy Light from last year which got LTE, VoLTE, NFC, and Softcard. Earlier this year there was the Galaxy Avant, same story. Microsoft is kinda doing something similar imo with the Lumia 535, cheap price around $130 (right?) with 5" screen, 1gb of ram (I mean heck yeah, finally), and a good selfie cam (similar to the one on the Lumia 730 as I've read). I like selfies, so that camera is a big plus. I haven't seen one like that on a budget smartphone. Microsoft is getting more things right here and it's cool to me.

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