Softcard is the new name for Isis

Softcard is the new name for Isis

03 SEP 2014

Having decided in July to rebrand to avoid being confused – or associated – with the violent Jihadist group of the same name, Isis has announced its new moniker is Softcard.

Suggestive of its function as a virtual payment method, CEO Michael Abbott has high hopes for the new brand that is unlikely to pick up the negative vibe of its predecessor.

“Together with a simple and flexible visual system, the inherent simplicity of Softcard gives it the potential to become a category defining name… That’s a bold aspiration, but one that matches the breadth of our vision,” said Abbott.

The vision is to redefine payments, effectively replacing the physical wallet and credit/debit cards with a user’s NFC-enabled smartphone.

Isis got off to a slow start but the latest data released by the company in May presented a more encouraging picture, at least in terms of activations by new users.

Abbott reassured existing users that the venture’s wallet app will continue to work in the same way. In a few weeks, Softcard will update the app. At that point the Isis Wallet on a user’s smartphone screen will become Softcard.

The rapid rebrand means “small traces” of Isis will be visible for a short time, he said.

Interestingly, neither a website nor Twitter account using the Softcard name is currently active.

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Richard Handford

Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including...

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