While Apple is finally bringing its contactless payments solution to the iPhone, other companies are still sticking with regular debit and credit cards, trying to reinvent these pieces of plastic that are widely used for daily purchases around the world. After Coin and Plastc, two companies that think they have figured out the next big thing for credit cards, Final also wants to reinvent the credit card. But the company has a different kind of smart credit card concept compared to Coin and Plastc, and it focuses on the user’s security. More →
Coin, that awesome payment card that can replace all your physical cards including credit, debit, gifts and loyalty cards, last week announced that it wasn’t ready to ship the final product to backers as previously promised. In the process, the company disguised the announcement as an extended nationwide beta program that would be available to backers who choose to help, and to pay an extra fee on top of their existing pledges, shifting focus from the actual bad news. Since then Coin has come clean to backers about the product launch delay, Droid-Life reports.
Coin, the popular smart payment card that can store data for multiple credit cards, gift cards and loyalty cards for convenient use, is looking for even more beta testers in order to further improve itself, The Next Web reports. More →
Coin, the new mobile payment platform that may actually have a chance at taking off, has already blown through its initial crowdfunding goal by raising $50,000 in under 40 minutes. Because of this success, the company says that it’s making more Coin cards available for preorder and that it’s added new features to Coin including “an alarm that remembers how many times your Coin is being swiped” and that “will alert you via the app if it is being swiped fraudulently when out of your hands.” More →
Companies are trying as hard as they can to convince us that smartphone-based payment systems are the future, but we have seen little thus far to convince us that this new technology will break out anytime soon. Tap-to-pay smartphone solutions require retailers to update their point of sale (POS) terminals, and mobile payment solutions providers are having trouble coming up with a solid system that works across platforms. On top of everything else, people haven’t yet shown that they’re comfortable replacing standard credit cards with a smartphone-based solution. But what if there were a middle ground? What if an innovative solution came along that required no new POS equipment and could instantly be used anywhere credit cards are accepted? What if that solution looked as familiar as a credit card but still let users empty their wallets of all current credit cards, debit cards, gift cards and membership cards? One San Francisco-based startup is now looking to make this seemingly impossible middle ground a reality. More →