The Case For Contactless: Why Americans Will Tap-To-Pay In 2020

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That made me realize I haven’t really paid attention to which of my US cards are contactless because I generally use my phone for that.

I think right now, the only non-contactless US cards I have are my debit cards (all except Venmo) and my two Barclaycards. Speaking of which, I still remember Barclaycard being one of the last to discontinue contactless back when it was tried with magstripe-only cards (for a long time, my Barclaycard Ring was the only US-issued contactless card in my wallet until they revamped it with contact EMV but no contactless), and now it feels like they’re one of the last holdouts now that contactless cards are a thing again.

EDIT: On a related note, when are we getting contactless cards in the US? I don’t always have my phone on me (sometimes my phone battery has run down or I’ve stored it away in a mall charging locker) so just having mobile payment available isn’t always enough. I remember being told at the Las Vegas event that it was under testing .

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