Monday, March 9, 2015

Google Shuts Down SoftCard

In a move that should upset about four people, Google has acquired and destroyed SoftCard, the NFC-based (tap-n-pay) mobile payment system developed by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Originally known as ISIS Wallet when it was launched in 2010, SoftCard had to change its name in 2014 in order to avoid confusion between it and the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which was also known under the abbreviation "ISIS". In order to drive users to Softcard, carriers intentionally blocked competing NFC payment systems such as Google Wallet, so, the brain trust behind Softcard are reaping what they've sown here.

My own experience was that, while Softcard had a better UI than Google Wallet, Softcard's ability to actually work was very hit and miss, so I hardly ever used it. 

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