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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
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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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#61
ugh I closed my serve account and opened bluebird. annoying
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Shame my local Best Buy's not on the list-- with my PS4 and Xbox One preorders I could've hit that $200 awfully quick Smilie

Will probably still jump on this anyway, looks like a bunch of businesses in my area. Thanks OP!
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Quote from Hatersgonnahate View Post :
I'll let you know about the sim cost later today, as I'm going to TMo to pick one up. If they don't want this to fail, they need to swap this for free, no way I'm paying anything over $1 to use this. My guess is, it's likely free if you're on a post-paid plan.
The Enhanced SIM card is free, at least to members on post-paid plans. According to the press release (source [bizjournals.com]):
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Starting today, customers with one of the more than 40 Isis Ready smartphones available from AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless can receive a free enhanced SIM card from their wireless carrier and download the Isis Mobile Wallet for free from Google Play.** Customers who visit a carrier retail store to activate the Isis Mobile Wallet will receive hands-on support and education from store associates.
Quote from Hatersgonnahate View Post :
Yes, this requires data access. Wifi will work only if the store you're in has free wifi for you which allows you to connect to the servers and make the payment. Otherwise, it'll be very difficult to use this without data plan
Data access is not required. According to Isis (source [paywithisis.com]):
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You do not need to be connected to your wireless service to make an NFC payment using your Isis Mobile Wallet. However, you will need wireless carrier service for some other Wallet actions, including necessary software updates, and additional data charges may apply based on your data plan and service provider's offering.
I hope this helps and provides clarification,
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How can you use your Chase? Don't you have to use AMEX Serve to get the 20% back? You can add funds to the Serve card but essentially you have to "charge" your Chase card whatever amount you want to put on the Serve card right? I didn't think you could just straight up use your Chase card and get the 20%.

how do you "charge" or load the Serve card with another credit card? Can you do it on their website? Also, isn't this treated like a "cash advance" on a credit card? So you'll get charged a hefty advance fee.
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The Enhanced SIM card is free, at least to members on post-paid plans. According to the press release (source [bizjournals.com]):
Free? Nice. I want to try this on my Moto X then, reps to anyone that can provide apk's for each of the ISIS apps for each carrier! Smilie

Isis Mobile Wallet
https://play.google.com/store/app...e.activity
https://play.google.com/store/app...t.activity
https://play.google.com/store/app...n.activity
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Just went to a corporate tmobile store. In and out in a few minutes with the free sim card. No questions asked.
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can you "charge" or load the Serve card with another credit card?
Yes but it's treated as a cash advance rather than as a purchase.
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Just went to a corporate tmobile store. In and out in a few minutes with the free sim card. No questions asked.
Thank you for being the first person to verify that T-Mobile representatives - or at least the one you communicated with - knows about Isis and the Enhanced SIM card.

I have given you reputation points,
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also, it's worth noting, while Amex Serve has a $1 monthly fee, by linking your Serve to Isis, it waives that fee.
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Yes but it's treated as a cash advance rather than as a purchase.
not for all credit cards, don't post crap when you don't know what you are talking about..
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not for all credit cards, don't post crap when you don't know what you are talking about..
Then please enlighten us if you know so much.
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how do you "charge" or load the Serve card with another credit card? Can you do it on their website? Also, isn't this treated like a "cash advance" on a credit card? So you'll get charged a hefty advance fee.
depends on the card..

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Then please enlighten us if you know so much.
Sure, all Chase cards do NOT count as a cash advance for a serve load.
See how that works? You post FACTS, and not speculation or just plain bad info.
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also, it's worth noting, while Amex Serve has a $1 monthly fee, by linking your Serve to Isis, it waives that fee.
You are absolutely correct! Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I have added the following text to the original post in this thread:
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(The program usually costs $1 per month, but linking Isis with your Serve account waives that $1 fee.)
I was able to verify your information by checking out https://www.serve.com/isis/, where it states:
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Plus, when you sign up for American Express Serve in the Isis Mobile Wallet, there are no monthly fees.
I have given you reputation points for your help,
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Oh, my...Works at Meijer stores. AND I have a 20% off general merchandise coupon to use. I sense a couple of ipads in my future or perhaps $1000 more Amazon Gift cards...
absolutely stellar post!

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Oh, my...Works at Meijer stores. AND I have a 20% off general merchandise coupon to use. I sense a couple of ipads in my future or perhaps $1000 more Amazon Gift cards...
absolutely stellar post!
If this works out, I think it is buy $1250 amazon gift cards, pay $1000 after 20% discount and then receive additional $200 back from isis...
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Thank you, great SD community members, for all the input, questions, and information! The knowledge related to this deal has grown immensely, so I have decided to change the Introduction section from
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Introduction
I would like to state that this may not seem like a straight-forward deal, so if you do not want to spend some energy to figure it out, please leave this thread alone or come back when more details emerge. I spent a couple days researching for and writing up this deal thread. I will update this post with more information. Please feel free to ask questions and provide any relevant information. Thank you.
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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. Thank you.
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Oh, my...Works at Meijer stores. AND I have a 20% off general merchandise coupon to use. I sense a couple of ipads in my future or perhaps $1000 more Amazon Gift cards...
absolutely stellar post!


If this works out, I think it is buy $1250 amazon gift cards, pay $1000 after 20% discount and then receive additional $200 back from isis...
If your 20% off coupon works for gift cards, then your math seems to work out perfectly fine. Do remember to make the purchase using your Serve account.

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