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When it comes to near-field communication (NFC) enabled payments, the iPhone has been left out of the party by Apple's refusal to add the necessary chip to its hardware -- that is, until the release of a new case from Incipio.
Incipio announced Friday the release of its long-awaited Cashwrap Mobile Wallet case, available for purchase online and coming to AT&T company-owned retail stores beginning January 31.
Priced at $69.99 and available for iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5s models, Cashwrap works in conjunction with a free Isis Mobile Wallet app released to the App Store last week, which promises to allow smartphone users to tap on contactless payment terminals available at thousands of retailers to pay for purchases.
Such technology has long been available to Android smartphone and tablet users thanks to Google Wallet, which uses the same retail point-of-purchase hardware but is a completely different service than Isis.
Incipio previewed Cashwrap at CES 2013 with initial plans to release it for the iPhone 4 series that spring. The case contains a DeviceFidelity microSD secure element which actually stores payment and loyalty card information from the Isis app, which the company claims offers extra protection.
Available in black, pink/gray and white/gray, Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet case ships with a micro-USB cable and is being billed as the only NFC mobile solution currently available for the iPhone 5/5s.
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