Incipio and AT&T Debut 'Cashwrap' iPhone Payment Case With NFC

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Incipio and AT&T have partnered to produce the Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case, which is an iPhone case that supports NFC and the Isis Mobile Wallet, allowing its users to pay with their smartphones at participating stores.

    The Isis Mobile Wallet is an app designed to let users make payments with their phones. The mobile app works with Android apps without the need for a case, but because the iPhone does not support NFC, customers who wish to use Isis will need the Cashwrap case.

    The case comes in a variety of color combinations and includes both a secure element microNFC and a Micro-USB cable. Users will also need the free Isis app and a supported account from Wells Fargo, Chase, American Express, and more.

    The Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case can be purchased from the AT&T website for $69.99 and will be in AT&T stores beginning on January 31.

    Update: AT&T has also released an iPhone 4/4s version of the OtterBox Defender case that is compatible with the Isis system.

    Article Link: Incipio and AT&T Debut 'Cashwrap' iPhone Payment Case With NFC
  2. macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2005
    Stylish and functional. Might actually give it a try!
  3. macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
    $70 to save a few seconds when buying something. Am I missing something?
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2014
    Pass! NFC is dead

    Maybe if these were free.

    And really a big clunky $80.00 case for NFC AT&T has lost their mind!

    There is a reason a NFC chip is not in the iPhone take a hint google!
  5. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    the rest of the world seems to like it

    its kind of like how we still use magnetic strip cards in the US rather than chip and pin
  6. macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Elizabethtown, PA
    Unfortunately you HAVE to have AT&T to use the case...
  7. macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2007
    A few comments on this:

    1. The case covers your Lightning Connector on the bottom of the phone. Charging is available with the supplied USB cable on the side of the case, but it isn't Lightning Connector - it's microUSB.
    2. The headphone jack becomes more recessed and some headsets may not be able to connect.
    3. The supplied USB does not pass iPod information to car stereos, so you may lose the ability to play music from your phone in the car.
    4. On the ISIS platform, you can set up an American Express Serve account which is a prepaid card you can load from another credit, debit or checking account. AMEX will start you off with $20 in credits and you can then receive up to 20% back on purchases, up to $200 in credits. This can more than offset the price of the case.
    5. Additional ISIS incentives include three free Coke purchases tied to MyCokeRewards, and $15 off $30 or more purchase at ToysRUs. Limited Time Offer, check for details at
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2012
    buying this case is like saying "i bought the wrong phone"
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Ugly ugly ugly. Maybe integrate Mophie functionality to make it more worthwhile and worth $80
  10. macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    In an Apartment
    Waste of money

    why not just wait until Apple release NFC, assuming the iPhone 6 will have it?
  11. macrumors 68000

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    with other options like ibeacons, square, passbook, paypal, etc. I think it is too soon t commit to a technology for contact free payments. Personally, I am not betting on NFC to win. Been around for a while and has gotten very little traction.
  12. Trik, Jan 24, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2014

    macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2011
    Washington, DC
    When everyone is on board

    I think we'll see NFC in an iPhone when the world is ready for it. Android has released a feature that works with... what? Maybe a handful of retailers? When Apple announces NFC, they will have a slide with the logos of... Walmart, Target, McDonald's, Safeway, Home Depot, Macy's, etc. etc. And they'll have a program set up for "certifying Apple NFC payment" or whatever for retailers.

    Put your crap on the belt, cashier rings it out, swipe your phone, verify with thumbprint, leave.

    Before it's that easy, you won't see NFC in an Apple phone.
  13. macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    Apple is not going to release NFC!! Apple is not going to put a Nfc radio chip in the iPhone 6. Bluetooth LE is so much better for the type of features that phone manufacturers use NFC for. The technology is too old and the radios are too weak. I NFC signal can barely make it through the fabric of your pants.
  14. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    low range can be seen as a security feature, particularly for payments
  15. macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    I think it makes better use of technology when you have the option to set the range. Passbook works pretty good so far boarding planes and Starbucks is like a step into the future.
  16. macrumors member

    May 28, 2010
    Does anyone know if this case also serves as an external battery? or is it just powered to use the NFC?
  17. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Just saying, having to physically tap the device against the receiver isn't all bad
  18. macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2007
    There is no supplemental power, it only powers the NFC.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    Making credit card purchases in the US is like going back to the Stone Age.

    The rest of the world has moved on to paywave or paypass. You don't even need a pin for purchases under $100.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    I was in the US last week and had to sign when using my credit card... How quaint... :cool:
  21. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    I'lll pass. When I need to make payments with my Google Wallet (and I don't really), I'll use my Google Wallet Mastercard.
  22. macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2008
    Yeah... No. PayPal use will never take off en masse outside of it's forced usage on eBay. Online retailers may think they're wise to accept it, but the lack of customer service, actual security, and fraud prevention will be amplified if we "left the Stone Age" and accepted an unregulated garbage company as our every day processor. How they even exist at all in the EU with their draconian over-aggressive competition guidelines is shocking.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2013
    No your not.

    Apples simply the master at grabbing every last dollar from the followers.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Jun 28, 2012
    Awesome! Now if they just add a notification LED, swipe typing functionality and an all-accessible file browser to that case, I'm ready to buy an iPhone again! :)
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    I picked this up on Friday and put a quick review on YouTube. It's my first YouTube review so go easy on me if you choose to watch.

    My quick impressions:
    I like the case overall, has a good feel in the hand.
    Not a fan of the hard plastic for the finish, I would've preferred a soft touch finish.
    Sine I have financial institutions supported by Isis as well as frequenting locations that support it, I enjoy the functionality. $69 for the case is steep though no matter how you look at it.
    I'll probably keep it. Since I always use a case I mine as we'll use one with added functionality. If I rocked my iPhone without a case this would be a hard sell.

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