Above: Los Angeles, CA, USA – March 4, 2017: Silver 1981 Delorean DMC-12 from the movie Back to the Future at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.
A fledgling fintech startup is embracing time travel with a new feature that lets users switch the bank card they use for a transaction after they’ve already made the transaction.
Founded out of London in 2015, Curve offers a physical bank card and mobile app that aggregates all your existing bank cards into a single entity. Curve lets you manually add an unlimited number of bank cards to the app, which then syncs with the Curve card. So you may own a work credit card, personal credit card, and two personal debit cards, but all you ever need is your Curve card, which you can associate with any one of your actual bank cards using the Curve mobile app.
On the surface, Curve appears to be a clone of the myriad smart credit card devices that have previously gone to market, including Stratos and Coin, but Curve offers something different. It’s not a Bluetooth device that connects to your phone — it’s a bona fide bank card that slips in your wallet and can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted. It works with chip-and-pin, magstripe, contactless terminals, and ATM machines.
Moving forward, Curve wants to make “Oops, I paid with the wrong card” a thing of the past, too.
Back in time
In what the company touts as a “patent-pending financial time travel capability” and “a world-first,” Curve users will be able to switch the card they used for a transaction up to two weeks after they’ve made a purchase….
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