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Echo is the last payment card you'll ever carry. It's your debit, credit, loyalty, and prepaid cards - even your student ID - all combined into a single, elegantly crafted card. Echo has a miniaturized computer inside of it that mimics ordinary cards and syncs with your mobile phone. Our mobile app enables you to convert Echo into the card of your choice with the tap of your phone. Once you select a card for echo to mimic, you can swipe Echo as you would any other card.
Overstuffed wallets are a pain. They're messy, they slow you down, and they can ruin a perfectly good pair of pants.
Echo fits neatly into a money clip.
Who hasn't had the unpleasant experience of leaving a needed card behind at home?
With Echo, you've just one card to keep track of.
Plastic cards are dull.
Echo looks great!
Q: Will Echo facilitate card skimming?
A: No. Echo users can only mimic payment cards (debit and credit) registered under their name. Sorry skimmers!
Q: Echo mimics just 3 cards?
A: No. Echo mimics an unlimited number of cards with the help of our free mobile app - simply drag and drop any card you’d like Echo to mimic within the app.
Q: When will Echo be available?
A: A year ago, we estimated a 2013 availability. We’re still working on perfecting the technology. We haven’t released a revised availability date. If you want to be the first to know, sign-up for the Protean newsletter.
Q: How much will Echo cost?
A: Though we haven’t announced an official price point, the Echo will be available for $80-$100.
Q: Where will I be able to use Echo?
A: Gas stations, malls, ATMs, bars, restaurants and more - everywhere you'd ordinarily use your cards!
Q: What sorts of cards does Echo mimic?
A: Echo mimics any card with a magnetic stripe. A magnetic stripe is the thin band running across the back of your credit and debit cards.
Q: Are there cards that Echo cannot mimic?
A: At present, Echo does not support chip and pin, barcode, NFC or any other RF protocol. Echo can mimic the stripe on a driver's license, but we advise you keep your license handy anyway.
Q: How does Echo mimic cards?
A: Echo has a reprogrammable stripe. It uses "dynamic stripe" technology to mimic cards. Click here to learn more about this technology.
Q: What happens if I lose Echo? Is it secure?
A: Yes, Echo is secure. You can set Echo Card to lock down when out of range of your mobile app.
Q: What happens if my phone dies?
A:You can continue using the three cards already stored on Echo.
Q: How long does Echo's battery last?
A: The battery should last up to two years under ordinary use, with no need to recharge.
Q: I live outside the US. Can I use Echo?
A: It depends. At launch, we will unfortunately be unable to serve customers in regions where EMV (microchip) cards are used (e.g. Europe, Canada, Australia). If cards are swiped where you live, you'll be able to use Echo.
Q: How can I learn more about Protean and the Echo card?