A couple weeks ago, AT&T got first dibs on the new Softcard app for Windows Phone. Today, Verizon customers using Windows Phone can now also download the app from the Windows Phone store, making this the second of three supported carriers to offer the application. Softcard allows users make contactless payments using NFC at hundreds of thousands of supported locations.
With the app you can now do the following:
▶ PAYMENTS: Add eligible payment cards and get all the benefits and protections you would with your physical card. Or setup a prepaid account and add money to it with your preferred debit card, credit card or U.S. bank account.**
▶ OFFERS: Find money-saving offers from participating merchants—right on your phone and ready to use.
▶ LOYALTY: Store participating loyalty cards and cut the clutter. Plus, Softcard features state-of-the-art technology and layers of security to protect your information.
Support for Softcard has been teased since July 2013 when the company (formerly called Isis), announced that Windows Phone would be included and that they were busily working on an app. What seems like an eternity later, the app is finally coming to Windows Phone, though better late then never.
In order to use Softcard, you’ll need to get an enhanced secure SIM from your carrier that stores and protects your payment and other sensitive payment information. For now you can grab the app from from the Windows Phone store if you’re on AT&T or Verizon, leaving T-Mobile left out of the trio to release the app.
Apparently (and quite oddly) there have been reports that it only supports the HTC One (M8) for Windows. Let us know if any readers on Verizon Wireless been able to use the app with a Lumia.
Softcard (Verizon): Windows Phone Store (free)
Softcard (AT&T): Windows Phone Store (free)