Disclosure: This post was sponsored by CurrentC. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own. View my disclosure policy here.
If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I sometimes write about products/services/events etc… that I have been contacted to review. One thing that I’m not always a huge fan of reviewing is Apps for my iPhone, mostly because I receive an email with a description of the App that someone wants me to review, and I have a hard time seeing how it’s going to make my life any easier. 9 times out of 10, those emails get deleted, and I move on with my day.
All of that to say, last month I was contacted to be a part of a consumer beta testing program for a new app called CurrentC. CurrentC is currently in beta in the Columbus, OH market, and because I happen to live in that market I was asked to test it. In exchange, I would be given gift cards to fund my shopping trips and record my experiences with using the app.
So why did I NOT delete the CurrentC email and agree to be part of this beta?
- #1 – CurrentC is being tested at some of my favorite retailers, and how could I pass that up? I shop at Giant Eagle, Target and Wendy’s pretty much weekly, and I am at CVS at least once a month – usually more.
- #2 – CurrentC was promised me that the app would offer me one centralized place to house my loyalty cards and payment accounts, automatically applying coupons, promotions and loytalty rewards at checkout. That means no digging for my Giant Eagle advantage card, no fumbling with my phone to grab my Target Cartwheel bar code, no entering my phone number at CVS at checkout because I lost my card ages ago – NOTHING! Just one easy place to do it all – within the CurrentC app.
I really didn’t need a third reason to say yes to testing out this app. I agreed, received my gift cards and had no issue getting started!
First, I located the CurrentC App in the App Store and downloaded it for free. I created an account, set up my security passcode and questions, and was ready to get started!
Note: You have to enter your passcode every time you use the CurrentC app! This keeps your information in your mobile wallet secure, and keeps random strangers from using your app to pay for their purchases if your phone gets lost or stolen. Here is what the passcode screen looks like:
After I set up my account, I spent a little bit of time connecting my store loyalty cards.
The three cards that I connected can be seen in the image below:
After I connected my loyalty cards, I set up my payment info. For Wendy’s, CVS and Target I added the gift cards that I had on hand. Giant Eagle currently does not allow you to upload a Giant Eagle gift card to pay for purchases with CurrentC, so I had to connect my checking account for that one. I was a bit leery at first – I have never entered my bank account and routing number in to an app before. The good news is, CurrentC does not store your data in the app.
Here is what my payment options list currently looks like:
Seriously, how nice is it to be able to enter multiple gift cards in one place? I can then throw the cards away, leave my loyalty cards at home and GO SHOPPING! And that’s just what I did. Right after I checked to see what money saving offers were available in CurrentC. That’s right – not only could I put all of my payment and loyalty info into the app, I can also browse additional savings opportunities and add those to the app as well.
Here is a screen print of the offers that are currently available to me:
This list is just a small example of the offers available – and I foresee this growing as more stores come on board. And yes, we already took advantage of the FREE Wendy’s Frosty. ;-) The free Frosty is available through 11/16/15 if you are interested.
***Speaking of offers, through 11/19/15 you’ll receive $5 ExtraCare Bucks at CVS if you connect your ExtraCare account and shop at CVS!***
When I was done shopping, I opened the CurrenC app, entered my passcode and went to this screen:
Click “CHECKOUT” and you will be asked to either “SHOW” or “SCAN”. I didn’t read about these options before I went to the stores, so I just had to wing it. The checkout process was a little bit different at each store that I went to.
- Wendy’s picked up the app via bluetooth and my payment was processed electronically. I didn’t have to show them my phone or sign anything. I did receive an email confirmation with my charges listed, and they provided me with a receipt. THIS WAS SUPER EASY!
- At Giant Eagle, a CR code popped up on the customer checkout screen at the cash register. I had to hit “SCAN” and position the square (see screen below) on the code. My payment then went through no problem. (note: yes, that is a picture of my keyboard – I wasn’t able to snag a picture at Giant Eagle because there was a line behind me)
- At CVS and Target, the cashiers scanned my unique payment code that was generated when I hit “SHOW”. Here is an example (note: passcodes expire after nonuse, so don’t even think about it! ;-)):
Even though CurrentC is in beta, none of the cashiers that I dealt with seemed to be surprised about it. And if they weren’t sure how to accept payment, they found a manager who was quickly able to figure things out – even though I was the first customer to use the app at that particular location at least twice during my testing.
Another great thing about this app is that you can pull up a map that shows what stores in your area current accept CurrentC payments. Here is a view of my local map as of the writing of this post:
CurrentC is in beta and only available for use in Columbus, OH. Check the store locator for locations near you. Please note that if you live outside of the Columbus Ohio market, you will have to stay tuned for when the app rolls out nationally!
In summary, I LOVE CurrentC! Testing this app out at my local stores was a lot of fun, and super convenient. I can’t tell you how many times I drive off without my purse and wallet, but I always have my phone with me. How nice it is to know that I can actually still run my errands if my purse is still at home! I also don’t have to stuff all of my random gift and loyalty cards in my wallet now that this info is stored in my CurrentC app. Christmas is coming, and I can the gift card feature being super nice for both me and those I give gift cards to (if they are using the app).
Don’t just take my word for it! If you live in Columbus, OH give CurrentC a try!
Snag more info HERE.
Are you already using CurrentC? What do you think?!