I was very excited about 15 months ago when Coin launched for pre-order.
It looked so cool, one card that you load your other credit cards onto via an app. You could carry the one and swipe it, you flip between cards that it represents with a button. This would be convenient for cleaning up my wallet, and for managing gift cards I thought.
There’s no EMV chip, it holds up to 8 cards, and the two-year battery isn’t rechargeable.
Supposedly Coin was going to be shipping last summer but it’s going to be this summer before I get mine. I should probably cancel the order, though I’m curious to try it out, even though it appears to have been surpassed by other offerings that should be in the market at the same time.
I should add here that I’m not part of the Apple ecosystem, so ApplePay is out for me.
FrugalHack.me compared ‘all-in-one’ cards. They note that Wallaby will choose what card to use for you, based on best rewards at a given store. It’s a tool to automate maximizing your category bonuses.
Several readers have recommended Plastc to me.
Plastc has chip and PIN technology, Bluetooth, and can hold up to 20 cards. It’s even water resistant, and it explicitly works with gift cards. They suggest putting work access cards on it too. The battery is wirelessly rechargable and the card is expected to ship this summer.
I’m looking forward to trying this out in my wallet, and hope that Coin ships to me soon too so I can compare.
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