Coin: A Credit Card That Stores All Your Other Credit Cards

November 14, 2013


Note: Your cards don't actually hologram out like that. False advertising, I know.

This is Coin (despite clearly being a card), a digital credit card that can store all your other credit cards (plus magnetic strip membership cards) so you only have to carry one. That way you don't have to walk around with a wallet so fat that, after years of sitting on it lopsided, will cause you to develop back and buttcheek problems. That's a real thing BTW, I didn't just make that up. You enter your individual credit card's data via swiping through a smartphone dongle, then the data is added to the Coin card. You choose a card by scrolling through a LCD display on the back. Plus it uses a low-power Bluetooth signal to let you know if you ever venture too far away from the card with your phone. They're available for $50 pre-order now and are supposed to ship summer 2014. Will they? Beats me, next summer -- that's a long time. I know if I owned the company I'd already have everybody's money and be on a beach in Costa Rica by then. But don't let that stop you, I'm sure they're legit.

Keep going for a video about the card.

Thanks to T8RO, who mentioned already only having a single debit card. Me? I've only got a Blockbuster card.

  • NiceGuy 

    Only coin will change a lot of lives. Can't wait to use mine around town.

  • AdmNaismith

    I love the idea of this, but-
    I only carry a couple of cards and all my loyalty cards are tied to my Ph#, so remembering those is not so difficult.
    What's taking up all the room in my wallet (which I carry in a shoulder bag with other daily and work necessities) are various other cards and slips of paper that have no electronic component. Coin may need holograms to be at all a replacement for that.

    The rest of my wallet is used to carry cash and coins. I'm afraid there is no substitute for that physical aspect of my wallet.

  • captaindash

    If you have to use multiple credit cards, you should probably stop spending so much money in general, let alone spending money literally on another way to spend money. And by money, I mean someone else's money that you'll pay interest on.

  • Smivey

    "But don't let that stop you, I'm sure they're legit." Comma splice.

  • NWS

    Has anyone else commented that this dude looks just, I mean just, like Stanley Kubrick!

  • just1nw

    That's actually a striking resemblance. Weird.

  • Neat, so the waiter can scan everyones cards and use them later and no one will be the wiser where they got the card! ;)

  • Dutchess

    That was my first thought too. This is a DIY identity theft kit!

  • NutSpark

    Add an eink display to provide scannable bar codes for the fifty billion loyalty cards, then we'll talk


    this is an identity theft's wet dream

  • El_MUERkO

    Chip & Pin and Contactless Payment come as standard on UK bank cards, if they could manage that then 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 YES!

  • pundag

    Standard in Canada too... that's what I was thinking when I saw this... I'd kill for one, but chip / pin renders this currently useless to any Non US area...

  • elpolloloco

    I'd love to rob one of these. 10 for 1, worth it.

  • just1nw

    Can you even get credit cards anymore that don't have security chips in them? My card forces me to use the chip if someone tries to swipe it.

  • Dutchess

    In US the security chips are very rare. The card companies and payment processors have refused to upgrade the network. I'm guessing the cost to upgrade will be higher than annual savings so you know, short term thinking again.

  • just1nw

    Ahh ok, I didn't realize that, thanks. Most debit/credit cards I've seen in Canada come with chips now. Though I've read that the Chip-and-Pin system itself is far from secure so it doesn't do much good in the end. At least the chips make it a bit harder compared to mag stripe cloning:

  • just1nw

    I'd also really love seeing how retailers respond to using this thing for payments, especially gift cards.

    Walmart Clerk: "That'll be $35.97"
    You: Ok, I'll pay with a gift card [hands over nondescript black card device]
    Walmart Clerk: "... ... ... I'll need to get my manager"
    --> Cut to you getting kicked out of a Walmart. Again :\

  • grimbldoo

    Or they just scan it and whadayaknow, money.

  • just1nw

    And if they've never heard of Coin before? This product is technically a card skimming device. If it was my store I would want my cashiers to be trained to look for suspicious payment methods to help prevent fraud. At the very least cashiers who swipe the debit/credit card are expected to look at the imprinted name compared to the person using the card (a mid-twenties guy trying to use a card belonging to Eunice Balderdash should raise some questions). In the same vein, I think a computerized, non-branded card masquerading as a gift card should set off some alarms, at least until it gains enough exposure to be considered normal.

    I'm not even convinced the basic functionality of the device wouldn't violate some kind of TOS with your bank or the gift card retailer. If you read the cardholder agreement you'll note that the card itself is the property of the bank/retailer, not the customer. I doubt they would be happy with you duplicating their cards.

  • grimbldoo

    Well, can't argue against that.

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