October 11, 2013
Phone-compatible ATMs let you use an app instead of a card
New ATMs are coming that will let customers withdraw cash with a smartphone app, no debit card needed. Withdrawing cash with a phone takes less than nine seconds, compared to 30 or 40 seconds with a card, CNNMoney reports via Salon.com.
Three banks, Wintrust, BMO Harris and City National, plan to have most of their ATMs ready to scan smartphones by the end of 2014. An analyst CNNMoney talked with, Mary Monahan of Javelin Strategy & Research, thinks phone-based transactions will be more secure than card-based ones because the former aren’t vulnerable to skimmers who use cameras to record people’s account numbers and PINs.
App users put in their withdrawal requests up to 24 hours before they get to the ATM — CNNMoney suggests doing it while waiting in line for a machine — and then scan a QR code on the machine’s screen to get it to spit out cash.
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