Curve's next-generation digital payments card just got some new support.
Wirecard announced a new partnership with Curve, a London-based startup, to bring its new smart card payments solution to market. Curve's card enables consumers to connect bank cards onto one physical MasterCard-branded card.
That card is then connected to a mobile app, which allows consumers to track and monitor their purchases all in one place. Now, as part of the new partnership, the Curve card and app are supported by Wirecard's technology.
"We are delighted to be supporting Curve with its launch. The solution targets the SME market, which is growing and underserved by traditional providers. It is that combination that makes this partnership exciting and supports Wirecard’s key strategy of empowering smart technology solutions and innovative business models," said Jack Harris, VP of sales and financial institutions for Europe at Wirecard.
The Curve card is accepted wherever MasterCard is accepted and also links with card reward points. Curve pitches the perks of the card as offering consumers access to low currency conversion fees and the option to manage all accounts in real time from one mobile app.
But before Curve is offered to the consumer market, it is initially being offered to small business users. Curve is also chip-enabled but has contactless and magstripe technology options as well.
"Wirecard is a pioneer in the payment space and an ideal partner for Curve to help us achieve our mission of simplifying the fractured payment space,” said Shachar Bialick, CEO of Curve. “We have designed Curve to help ambitious business users simplify their finances, without asking them to depart too far from familiar card payments. Curve customers are often on the go, both at home and abroad, and together, Curve and Wirecard can meet their needs.”