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This article was published on November 6, 2014

Softcard brings NFC payments to Windows Phone users in the US

Softcard brings NFC payments to Windows Phone users in the US
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Good news for Windows Phone users in the US – Softcard has announced it’s bringing its contactless payment technology to the mobile platform. This means that some Windows Phone users will be able to pay in-store using NFC.

To recap, Softcard is a mobile payments joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. The system is built on contactless ‘near-field communication,’ so all you need to do is tap your device on a payment terminal and be on your way. Softcard also lets you redeem offers and loyalty points in-app.

To use the app, you select which of your payment cards to use, and hover the back of your compatible device over the terminal by the cashier. More than 200,000 locations across the US support NFC contactless payments.

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Today’s news comes just a week after we revealed McDonald’s was extending Android NFC payments in all 14,000 US outlets, thanks to a Softcard tie-up.

At the time of writing, Softcard for Windows Phone is only available for AT&T customers, but will be arriving for T-Mobile and Verizon users soon.

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