What are the batteries wired inside the zync card

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What are the batteries wired inside the zync card

Postby nneoma » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:10 pm

My husband received a card by american express in the mail,like an advertisement to enroll for credit card,inside the envelope is something like a small batteries wired inside the card.My question is it is something to worry about because i have never seen this kind of stuff in my life.Any answer from anyone working there will help.


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Postby AmanteDecor » Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:52 pm

Uhh...I have the Zync card and there are definitely no small batteries connected to it...

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Postby jeffysdad » Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:04 pm

It's probably a "talking" direct mail advertisement; the batteries power the tiny chip and speaker that produce whatever message the advertiser wants you to hear. Maybe yours got smashed and all you've got is a nonworking piece with the parts falling out.
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Postby nneoma » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:42 am

So what you are saying,is that american express has "talking" mail advertisement the are using.I really want to make sure so not to be scared because never seen this before.

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Postby DoingHomework » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:48 am

Is it perhaps an RFID antenna or smart chip?

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Postby jeffysdad » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:56 pm

Direct mail with sound is nothing new. It's also popular with greeting cards. I don't know if Amex is using this but it's entirely possible.

For example:

Future Technology Industry Limited - Audio Paper (Sound card)
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Postby jlk82 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:41 am

It could be a bomb.

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:58 pm

Whatever it is, Amex may want to reconsider this marketing approach if it is scaring one poster and another thinks it might be a bomb, ha!

I got a talking greeting card about ten years ago but I haven't received a credit card solicitation using that technology yet. What a big waste of money when most people toss the applications in the trash.
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