The revolutionary credit card game changer Coin, has hit a snag in their rise to changing the card swiping ecosystem. If you don’t know what Coin is, the card is a place where you can store all of your credit cards, gift cards, and any other cards onto one slim device, and use them wherever you go. The creation of Coin was crowd funded and has been backed by thousands of people. The problem that Coin has run into is that the card still has some kinks to work out, not to mention the 85% success rate at card swipes. According to droid-life, Coin was ready to ship to backer a couple weeks ago and that the Android app would release on September 25th, just a month after the iOS release.
With the issues that have arisen with Coin, the company only plans to invite 10,000 people for what they call “Coin Beta.” So what about the rest of the thousands upon thousands of backers that invested in this product? Unfortunately, they will have to wait until the Spring of 2015 to get an invite to what Coin calls the “Gold Standard” edition. Thats a one year window that backers will have to wait to finally try Coin. It sounds a bit frustrating due to the fact that Coin promised a time and now they have to push it back due to issues with the device.
If you were a backer and actually got the Coin Beta invite, then expect a lot of problems as well. Remember, Coin has an 85% success rate. That means when you go out for your morning cup of coffee, you may or may not be able to pay with Coin because the card may get declined. Also, another lacking beta feature of Coin is the “Left-Behind Alerts.” The feature alerts a Coin holder if they have left their card behind at a restaurant or anywhere that they used to pay with the device. When the Gold Standard Edition releases, the left behind alerts should be available, along with a 99% success rate.
The troubles that Coin has run into don’t sound too exciting. Many people were looking forward to having a new experience when paying, now a lot of people are going to have to wait. If you got to be the lucky person that got picked for Coin Beta, tell us about your experience. If you are the unlucky person that has to wait until the Spring of 2015 for the “Standard Gold” edition, share with us your frustrations and what Coin should have done to avoid this problem.
Yep, its finally here.
After months of rumors and speculations, the Google Wallet debit card is officially here. The prepaid debit card lets Google Wallet users make payments with their Wallet balance at any ATM, bank, or any business that accepts MasterCard Debit.
Starting today you can request your own card and Google says that it should arrive in 10 to 12 business days. Shipping is free and there aren’t any additional fees to get started with the card. The Google Wallet Card can be used for purchases both online and in physical stores. Its practically just like any other debit card that you currently hold. Google has set a maximum $5,000 per day spending limit on the card.
It was rumored that the card would arrive earlier this year but later reports said that the project was put on hold. I personally think the only reason why they are releasing it is because of it’s competitor, Coin. I’ve already ordered mine and will give you the full detailed experience with my use with the card.
Until next time.
To move forward in life you have to take baby steps in order to get where you plan to go. Apple and Google were not thinking that when they released there smartphone based payment systems. It seems that only one company was thinking of baby steps and this San Francisco start-up has put together a fine, slim piece of plastic that will take swiping cards to new heights.
Imagine not having to carry every single credit card, debit card, gift card and membership card you have shoved in your wallet. Imagine having all of those cards inside of one card. Now imagine Coin, a device that is precisely the same size as a credit card.
The way Coin works is there is a tiny computer chip inside that stores the data from all of your cards internally. Just like on a credit or debit card, Coin has a magnetic strip that runs along the bottom and can be edited any time. You simply cycle through the various credit or debit cards by tapping a button on the Coin, select the appropriate card, and then hand it over to the retailer to be swiped. Its really that simple!
The Coin has some really neat features about it like its integrated Bluetooth Low Energy transmitter that alerts a users phone if the card is left behind. Another awesome thing about the Coin is that the battery last for 2 years. After the 2 years are up there will be a replacement Coin.
I guess its finally safe to say that the future of payments is here.
Here’s a video of the Coin in action; It ships this summer.