Softcard confirms plans to kill Windows Phone NFC mobile payment app
Earlier this week we got word of a big step forward for Google Wallet, as Google inked a deal with previous mobile payment competitor Softcard that would see Google Wallet land pre-installed on phones from major US carriers. That sounded great for Google, but what about Softcard users? Well, those on Android clearly had the option to switch over to Google Wallet, but that’s only part of the Softcard, as the company also provided mobile payment solutions for Windows Phone. And while users abroad have other options for NFC payments on the platform, Softcard had been the only one available in the States. Now even that’s set to go away, as Softcard confirms plans to shutter its app.
In a statement about the new Google deal, Softcard clarifies that all its existing apps, though they will continue working for the immediate future, are being shut down. As we said, on Android that shouldn’t be a problem, and Softcard specifically directs users to install Google Wallet, but the company doesn’t provide any alternate solution for Windows Phone.
The future will eventually bring other NFC payment options to Windows Phone (or maybe by that point, Windows 10) users in the US, but this is still an unfortunate (if only temporary) step backwards for the platform.