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20% Cashback on All Purchases using Isis and Serve (only for eligible Android phones)

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Last Edited by TofuVic January 27, 2014 at 01:40 PM
Hello, I hope you are doing well.

Introduction
I spent a couple days researching for and writing up this deal thread, and will continue to update it accordingly. Please feel free to ask questions and provide any relevant information. Terms and conditions are available in the first reply of this thread. Thank you.

General information about Isis [paywithisis.com]

The Deal
•Earn 20% cash back on all in-person purchases, with a maximum earning of $200 (i.e., the first $1,000 you spend will get you $200 in cashback).

Eligibility and Requirements
•You must be a T-Mobile, AT&T, or Verizon customer and obtain a free Enhanced SIM card from your service provider.
•You must have one of the eligible Android phones (list of eligible phones [paywithisis.com]).
•You must use Isis [paywithisis.com] - a free app to make payments - and Serve [serve.com] - an American Express prepaid credit card program. (Serve usually costs $1 per month, but linking Isis with your Serve account waives that $1 fee.)
•You must shop at one of the stores that allow payments using Isis. (store locator [paywithisis.com])
•The promotion period runs from November 14, 2013 through January 31, 2014 February 28, 2014 (this promotion has been extended!).

News Articles and Information about the Promotion
Official information from ISIS [paywithisis.com]
Official Press Release [bizjournals.com]
ISIS Mobile Wallet - Verizon Wireless [verizonwireless.com]: Get up to a $200 credit when you tap to pay with an American Express Serve® Account in the Isis Mobile Wallet.

How It Works
1) Download the appropriate app for your service provider at the Google Play Store [google.com].
2) Purchase products, in person, at one of the eligible retailers [paywithisis.com].
3) Receive a 20% cashback credit on all purchases, with a maximum earning of $200.

Step-by-Step Instructions
1) Download the appropriate app for your service provider at the Google Play Store [google.com].
2) Get an ISIS chip from your mobile service provider.
3) Sign up for Serve here [serve.com].
4) When the Serve card arrives via postal mail, activate your account.
4b) While waiting for the card, you can call Serve and have them do a partial activation of your account - enough to add funds or a backup funding source - so you can partake in this deal immediately.
5) Add up to $1,000 from a credit card to the Serve card.
6) Purchase products using ISIS (not the Serve card), in person, at one of the eligible retailers [paywithisis.com]. The purchases can be completed over multiple transactions over multiple days.
7) If the cashier asks to verify the card, read off the last 4 digits of the virtual Serve card in the "Card Details" button.
8) Your 20% in credits should arrive within 3 days.
9) Transfer the credit into your bank account.


Enjoy!
Tofu Vic

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Last Edited by cnlson February 26, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Promo period has been extended to FEBRUARY 28, 2014.
Still a maximum of $200 credit per Serve account.

NOTE: Some phones (like the Galaxy S4) REQUIRE that you have the OEM BATTERY in when you use NFC, so ISIS will not work if you have a 3rd party battery. This may be the source of many failures, as it seems to be a largely unknown requirement.

Also you can use AmexSync offers with Serve now, so even more extra cash back Smilie Lowe's, Best Buy etc all have current sync offers. -Thx WinDroidGuy

*Informed by AT&T that ISIS will not activate when using any prepaid service like Gophone, ONLY postpaid
Confirmed working on T-Mobile prepaid service. Needs data service only to activate and add cards.


Official Deal info from ISIS: https://www.paywithisis.com/offer...html#serve

Installed Isis and it told me that my phone is rooted, ISIS is not supported FYI


The following information has been added by TofuVic:
Picture of an Enhanced SIM Card: http://tmonews.wpengine.netdna-cd....53-PM.png

Within two miles of my residence in San Francisco, the following stores accept ISIS as payment:
•Pharmacies such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens;
•office supplies stores such as Office Depot;
•toy stores such as Toys 'R Us;
•sporting goods stores such as Foot Locker and Sports Authority;
•electronic stores such as Radio Shack;
•fast food restaurants such as Jack in the Box;
•automotive places such as dealerships and auto repair shops;
•pet-related places such as Petco and veterinarians;
•and food shops such as Jamba Juice and Peet's Coffee.

[COLOR="Red"]i forgot to post this about isis, but this week i've been buying gift cards and prepaying verizon to lock in the 20%.[/COLOR]

between my wife and I we have
1) both made a payment to verizon for $10 more each (offers this month in the isis app (top right) browse all offers
2) purchased gift cards from gas and grocery stores

between these we've made $210 each this week in cashback


Compatible ISIS Phones:

AT&T: (make sure you had Jelly Bean OS)
HTC First™, HTC One™ VX, HTC One™ X, HTC One®, LG Escape™LG Optimus G Pro™, LG Optimus G™, Pantech Discover™, Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate™, Samsung Galaxy Note® 3, Samsung Galaxy Note® II, Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro™, Samsung Galaxy S® 4, Samsung Galaxy S® 4 Active™, Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy S® III mini, Samsung Galaxy Mega™, Sony Xperia™ TL

T-Mobile:
Samsung Galaxy S Note® 3, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S Note® II, Samsung Galaxy S™ II, Samsung Galaxy S® 4, Samsung Galaxy S® III LTE, Samsung Galaxy S® Relay 4G, Sony Xperia® Z, Samsung Galaxy Light

Verizon:
CASIO G’zOne Commando® 4G LTE, DROID DNA by HTC, DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC, DROID MAXX by MOTOROLA, DROID MINI by MOTOROLA, DROID RAZR HD by MOTOROLA, DROID RAZR M by MOTOROLA, DROID RAZR MAXX HD by MOTOROLA, MOTO X by Motorola, DROID ULTRA by MOTOROLA, Hydro , LITE by Kyocera, LG G2, Pantech Perception™, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy S® 4, Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II, Spectrum™ 2 by LG

Guide to use it on rooted phones:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2425346


Terms and Conditions

Receive a statement credit to your American Express Serve Account equal to 20% of the value of each contactless payment transaction made from November 14, 2013 through February 28, 2014 using your eligible American Express Serve Card in the Isis Mobile Wallet at locations where American Express contactless payments are accepted. Limit of $200 US in total statement credits per American Express Serve Account in connection with this offer. Transactions made using a plastic American Express Serve Card are not eligible for the 20% credit. American Express Serve Cards issued to holders of subaccounts are not eligible for this offer and such cards cannot be added to the Isis Mobile Wallet. Statement credit will normally be applied to your American Express Serve Account promptly after your eligible purchase transaction clears, but could take up to thirty (30) days. Statement credit may be reversed if a qualifying transaction is reversed or cancelled. Offer subject to change or cancellation at any time.

* Verizon Wireless customers that sign up for a new American Express Serve® Account through the Isis Mobile Wallet® will get a $50 Serve Account credit through January 6, 2014.*: http://www.verizonwireless.com/wc.../isis.html
(I took advantage of this and received $50 in my Serve account instantly.)

* Many questions are being asked as to how loading Serve with funds work
1- Link a credit card to Serve and load your Serve account with $200 per day until you reach the $1,000 need to receive the maximum $200 allowed under this promotion
2- Link your Serve to a bank account and load the account with $1,000
3- Use reload cards like Vanilla or MoneyPak
4- Go to CVS/ 7-Eleven and load your Serve account with cash.

Under option 1, maximum load amount is $200 per day and $1,000 per month
Under option 2 through 4, you can load all the $1,000 needed in one transaction.
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**Please note that you do NOT have to "load" Serve with funds in order to make purchases with the ISIS Mobile Wallet.

Purchases can be made using the backup funding source you can add through Serve account setup.
Works sort of like PayPal.
You can make all the same sort of purchases with backup funding source as you can with "load". (all purchases, including gift cards, bill payment, direct payee payment, etc.).

Credit card that doesn't charge cash advance fee when loading SERVE:
Chase Freedom
Amex Costco (Have used it as the backup funding source and haven't seen anything additional charged)

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Quote from forestranger View Post :
So Tofu Vic, you don't even have an eligible phone and cannot take advantage of this deal--yet you've taken the time to post and thoroughly explain this for the rest of us? If so, that is quite selfless of you. Thank you, sir.
You're welcome. =)

Learning of deals and helping people are hobbies of mine, and I am fortunate that this forum allows me to combine those hobbies so perfectly. I am happy just sharing deals with other people, even if it's unfortunate I cannot take advantage of them personally.

With that said, I am paying a lot of attention to what others are saying in this thread so that I can update the original post accordingly. I am relying on the community greatly because I will not have first-hand experience.

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#32
This is a great deal. You can make quick $200. Thanks for the post. Will give it a shot with my chase and Galaxy S3
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I just switched from Serve to Bluebird but Good find anyway!
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Quote from b_slugger View Post :
This is a great deal. You can make quick $200. Thanks for the post. Will give it a shot with my chase and Galaxy S3
My understanding is that an American Express Servce card is needed for the purchase; a Chase credit card account probably will not allow you to get the cashback, unfortunately.

Quote from Nexus4 View Post :
Google Wallet works on the Nexus 5.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuFVsaFCzsw
Google Wallet works, but Isis does not (it may in the future, but it does not at this point in time). Google Wallet and Isis are competitors.

You have an interesting username,
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Has Isis been pushed out to other places other than TX?
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How do we know if we have an Enhanced SIM. Just got a new S4 last week... how can we tell?

There is a Toys R Us that takes it very close to me. Getting 20% back for X-Mas sure sounds good!
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CVS?? Vanilla cards @ 20% off?

Oh, up to $200, good for $1k
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Toys are US do not sell Amazon GC. They used to but not anymore as far as i know
Ah, I was not aware of that. Thanks for the information; I have given you reputation points.

I think purchasing prepaid credit cards from CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and other such stores would work out to be a pretty good deal.

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Thanks for the heads up OP. I'm on Moto X + T-Mobile now, but I still have my old AT&T S3. I hope to get an Enhanced SIM card... anyone know if they are freely available in a corporate store? And can purchases be made ongoing during this promo?

I'll call and ask to get that cleared up, thinking of getting a cheap postpaid plan on AT&T then activate my old S3 to take advantage of this.

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Compatible ISIS Phones

-AT&T-
HTC First™, HTC One™ VX, HTC One™ X, HTC One®, LG Escape™LG Optimus G Pro™, LG Optimus G™, Pantech Discover™, Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate™, Samsung Galaxy Note® 3, Samsung Galaxy Note® II, Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro™, Samsung Galaxy S® 4, Samsung Galaxy S® 4 Active™, Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy S® III mini, Samsung Galaxy Mega™, Sony Xperia™ TL,

-T-Mobile-
HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S Note® II, Samsung Galaxy S™ II, Samsung Galaxy S® 4, Samsung Galaxy S® III LTE, Samsung Galaxy S® Relay 4G, Sony Xperia® Z

-Verizon-
CASIO G’zOne Commando® 4G LTE, DROID DNA by HTC, DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC, DROID MAXX by MOTOROLA, DROID MINI by MOTOROLA, DROID RAZR HD by MOTOROLA, DROID RAZR M by MOTOROLA, DROID RAZR MAXX HD by MOTOROLA, DROID ULTRA by MOTOROLA, Hydro , LITE by Kyocera, LG G2, Pantech Perception™, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy S® 4, Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II, Spectrum™ 2 by LG
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CVS, T-Mobile, Toys R Us, Rite Aid, and a few other stores around me.

But Nexus 5 isn't under on the list of accepted ones. Frown
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FYI, doesn't work on rooted phones!!!!

Still, nice post OP.
I have a rooted S3, any reason why it won't allow rooted phones to work? I don't mind unrooting for a potential $200
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Has Isis been pushed out to other places other than TX?
Isis is available in cities and states throughout the United States. I think their first pilot program was in Texas in 2011, then they had Salt Lake City at some point. It officially came out of the beta program today.

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#43
Verrry interesting! I don't have an eligible phone, but I'd be all over this if I did. I just took a cursory look at Isis's website, and there are lots of locations participating in this deal near me, including Stater Bros., Radio Shack, T-Mobile, OD, and a ton of small businesses. The Isis map interface leaves a little something to be desired, as zooming out consistently resulted in "no results", so I had to type in different zip codes to broaden the search. Might see if I can find a friend to help me out with a Black Friday purchase.

Thanks for taking the time to research this, Tofu Vic, and for always being so polite-- it's much appreciated!
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I have a rooted S3, any reason why it won't allow rooted phones to work? I don't mind unrooting for a potential $200
Doesn't hurt trying it anyways!
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How are they able to block certain phones?
They aren't blocking phones, you just have to have an NFC-enabled phone.
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