Many of us have tons of cards in our wallet and on our keychains. Whether they are membership cards for Sam's Club, Costco or a number of other stores, or discount cards for places like AMC Theaters, Petco, CVS and others. There are just so many around, it's tough to keep up with them all. And now, there is a new crowdsourced card that is looking to combine all of those cards on into one card. And it's Cardberry.
Cardberry isn't just a card though, it connects to the Cardberry app on your smartphone using Bluetooth, and you can add cards to your Cardberry using the card reader that the company provides to each user, or using a QR Reader to add it. All you need to do is plug the card reader into the headphone jack of your smartphone and swipe your card to add it to your account. You can also connect to the card reader via Bluetooth. Now when you are checking out at the store, you'll need to open the app, and choose the card you want to use, then swipe your Cardberry. It's pretty simple, but still takes a few steps. Cardberry says that they support tons of gift cards, bonus cards, membership cards and discount cards.
It works pretty similar to Android Pay, in how it stores loyalty cards and such. But something that it does, that Android Pay or Apple Pay does not, is it allows you to share your discounts with your contacts. So you can choose to use your friend's AMC Stubs card next time you want to get that large popcorn. You can request to use someone else's card and once they accept the request, you have the ability to use it for the next 24 hours. So you won't have endless access to the card. Cardberry also has a social sharing feature in the app. The purpose of this is to allow users to inform others of loyalty deals that are currently available.
One of the downsides to Cardberry is the fact that you do need to charge it. The battery does last up to 3 months, so for the most part you'll be fine. And it doesn't take long to charge. It charges via Qi Wireless charging, which is great, as that is a pretty popular standard right now, and going forward.