Traded my classic Cent card for a chipped one :(

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Postby FastSRT8 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:15 am

flan wrote:That sounds very uncomfortable.


The wallet is nice. Small and fits nicely in pockets
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Postby Heisenberg118 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:25 am

MB131174 wrote:What imbalances the card to me (along with the green, golds and plat) is the border design. Ornate around the sides and top, thin line at the bottom. What's up with that?!


I sort of agree with this. My guess is because of the cardholder info they have to print at the bottom.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:03 pm

Heisenberg118 wrote:I sort of agree with this. My guess is because of the cardholder info they have to print at the bottom.


But then, this border design has been around for quite a long time with Amex.

For as long as I can remember, this ribbon border has existed. It's pretty much Amex's product signature.
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Postby flan » Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:23 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:My BCE and PRG have the smaller chips. Is there any reason Amex uses a mix of different chip sizes and shapes? I would think it would be something they'd try to standardize.

My Freedom has a bigger chip. Maybe the different sizes explain part of why some EMV readers have trouble? Do most European cards have similar chips?

All three of my chip cards are C+S.


Different card vendors provide different chips. There's an ISO standard for the location and size of the contacts, which are absurdly big for modern technology (it was first adopted in about 1988...), but beyond that, the cards can make them bigger if they want to, but it's not likely that changes their readability if there's something wrong with the reader.

There are some other differences in chips, including how fast they are, and how much offline storage they have, and what they support, so there may be reasons for using one or the other for different cards.



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