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It seems like this year is going to be the year of the smart card, because yet another one has entered the ring: Stratos. This one is a bit different from the rest in the sense that it comes with a membership rather than a one time purchase fee. It requires a yearly fee, but the company also upgrades your card every year. It’s an interesting concept that definitely sets this card apart from the rest, but is it worth it? Check it out:
As I mentioned above, this card is unique compared to the other Smart Cards coming to the market, so let’s look at its pros and cons.
|Mag Strip:||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (2)|
|Chip & PIN:||No||Yes||No||No||Not Yet|
|Card Limit:||8 Cards||20 Cards||Unknown||25 Cards||4 Cards|
|Battery Charge:||2 Years||30 Days||Unknown||2 Years||2 Years|
|Warranty:||If Defective||1 Year||Unknown||Unknown||6 months|
|Ship Date:||Summer 2015||Summer 2015||Unknown||Fall 2015||April 2015|
You can see a hands on photo collage on The Verge.
This card sounds like it could be a very interesting competitor in the smart card world, since there will be new iterations of the card every year. I’m holding off on pre ordering at the moment, because my money is with Plastc. That being said, if Plastc ends up getting delayed or if I change my mind, this card would be my second choice.
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