Providian clear Visa in color

Discussion in 'Credit Talk' started by jonesing, Jun 14, 2001.

  1. jonesing

    jonesing Well-Known Member

    I saw this elsewhere and couldn't find an easy way to link to the frame (any votes for favorite color :)

    "When it comes to smart cards American Express wants you to think Blue. But Providian wants you to think Ruby Red, Forest Green, Sapphire Blue, Topaz Yellow and Moonstone Gray. No question, Providian offers the sexiest line of smart cards in the U.S. Of the three U.S. issuers offering smart VISA cards, Providian has also emerged as the clear leader. So far, about 1.5 million smart VISA cards have been issued by Providian, Fleet, and First USA combined. American Express, which launched a smart card a year earlier than VISA, has signed up more than six million cardholders. While smart cards offer very attractive pricing and generous perks, they offer little in the way of new functionality. But this will change over the next two years. Providian said this week it is migrating to smart cards quickly and their cards will become the most functional multi-application 32K chip smart card available in the U.S. Among new and existing features of Providian's smart cards: Smart Access Key PIN (for more secure online transactions when used with a card reader); Electronic payment; Customizable web tools; Multiple-merchant loyalty program capability; and use as a debit card for transactions such as mass transit. For more information visit"
  2. marci

    marci Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but I don't trust Providian as far as I could throw them. I think they are the leaders in under-handed billing practices, since they introduced so many concepts now common to "sub-prime" lending. And I think it takes way too much energy watching my back when I do business with them. :-(

    I'll hold out for AmEx Blue.
  3. dogman

    dogman Well-Known Member

    I agree Marci


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