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Chase rolls out contactless cards across Dallas-Fort Worth

11 January 2006  |  2481 views  |  0 Source: Chase

Chase Bank U.S.A., N.A., a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), announced today the rollout of its new Chase contactless credit cards with "blink" in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area.

Chase already has begun to deliver approximately 800,000 new credit cards with blink to its Texas cardmembers, increasing the speed and convenience of credit card use at an initial base of approximately 500 merchant locations in 32 Texas counties.

To use Chase cards with blink, cardmembers simply hold their card near a point-of-sale reader at checkout, instead of swiping their card or handing it to a store employee. As cardmembers hold their Chase card with blink near the point-of-sale reader, the reader will quickly emit a tone and light up to signal payment confirmation.

7-Eleven, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, was an early adopter of the Chase cards with blink, with plans to roll out acceptance of blink cards to all 5,300 U.S. 7-Eleven stores.

"We believe the innovative cards with blink provide merchants and cardmembers with the increased speed and convenience they want at the point-of-sale," said Tom O'Donnell, senior vice president of Chase Card Services, the company's credit card division. "With blink, cardmembers in the greater North Texas Region can save time when making everyday purchases. The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is known for being a progressive, innovative and trend-setting market, which makes it an excellent place to launch blink in Texas."

Working in conjunction with Visa U.S.A. and MasterCard International, Chase has identified locations where speed and convenience are important to consumers and is introducing the new Chase card with blink with an impressive roster of participating Dallas merchants. The initial merchants include 7-Eleven, AMC Theatres, Cinemark USA, CVS/pharmacy, RaceTrac and Regal Entertainment Group. The number of merchants accepting the Chase card with blink is expected to grow steadily throughout the year. The new Chase cards with blink also feature the traditional magnetic stripe and can be used anywhere Visa and MasterCard are accepted to make purchases as consumers have done in the past.

"Because 7-Eleven is synonymous with convenience, anything we can do to improve a consumer's shopping experience at our stores is always under review," said Rick Updyke, vice president of business development for 7-Eleven, Inc. "Chase cards with blink provide customers with a faster, easier transaction. Contactless payment fits well with 7-Eleven's strategy of providing consumers quick, convenient service."

In conjunction with the introduction of its Chase cards with blink in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Chase is also unveiling its new blink-enabled Texas Rangers Ultimate Fan Rewards MasterCard. Texas Rangers fans will be able to use the new cards anywhere MasterCard is accepted, as well as at the 500 blink-enabled merchants in the area, to earn points toward Ranger rewards such as autographed baseballs, authentic Texas Rangers jerseys and Crown Royal® Club Seats at Rangers home games.

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