MCX Ends CurrentC Beta Test, Postpones All Further Releases

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Merchant Consortium Exchange, aka MCX, today told beta testers that it is suspending its CurrentC beta test on June 28 and postponing all further releases of the payments platform.

    The news was delivered in an email sent to all Columbus, Ohio beta testers and shared by The Consumerist. On June 28, when the beta test ends, MCX plans to disable all active accounts and end customer access.


    MCX has also announced the news on the CurrentC website, complete with an FAQ for customers that says MCX has "not yet determined the future timing of CurrentC" but will provide further details in the future addressing whether or not the project will be continuing.

    Last month, MCX CEO Brian Mooney announced plans to postpone the rollout of the CurrentC payments platform following feedback from the beta test. At the same time, he said MCX would downscale and lay off 30 employees as part of an effort to transition from a consumer-facing product to building business partnerships with financial institutions.

    MCX, a consortium of merchants like Walmart, Best Buy, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Lowe's, and more, has been working on implementing the CurrentC platform since 2012. It was once believed CurrentC could be a major Apple Pay competitor given the number of retailers backing the effort, but interest appears to have fizzled out.

    CurrentC required customers to open an app and scan a QR code to make a payment, a convoluted system described as offering minimal benefit to consumers. Its implementation was not as simple as Apple Pay or other payment options from Google and Samsung, which may explain why development did not move beyond a beta testing phase.

    Many MCX members now accept Apple Pay despite some early resistance due to exclusivity agreements, and Walmart, one of the main CurrentC backers, has developed its own payments service and Apple Pay competitor called Walmart Pay.

    Article Link: MCX Ends CurrentC Beta Test, Postpones All Further Releases
  2. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
  3. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
  4. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
  5. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    To put it with my favorite Twitch emote:


    Glassed Silver:mac
  6. devinthomas macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2013
    This is fantastic news for both Apple & Google. I can bet we'll see some new partners announced at WWDC!
  7. ErikGrim macrumors 601


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
  8. Pfunstuff macrumors member


    Sep 16, 2015
    Oviedo, FL
  9. hlevolve macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2014
    Good riddance... Now hopefully walmart pay will fail and these retailers will move to apple pay and the other NFC payment options like they should have done in the first place.
  10. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    We only need one payment system... maybe two. Otherwise we would just keep using credit cards the way we have always been using them.
  11. CaTOAGU macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2008
    Manchester, UK
  12. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
  13. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    John Gruber did a wonderful translation of the corporate doublespeak into plain English:

    An excerpt:

    Utilizing unique feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot, MCX has made a decision to concentrate more heavily in the immediate term on other aspects of our business including working with financial institutions, like our partnership with Chase, to enable and scale mobile payment solutions.

    CurrentC is a complete and utter failure.​

    As part of this transition, MCX will postpone a nationwide rollout of its CurrentC application.

    CurrentC’s nationwide rollout is never going to happen.​
  14. Pbrutto macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2015
    Eastern PA
    You sir, win the forum for the day
  15. TallGuyGT macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2011
    I hope that more MCX partners now start accepting Apple Pay. The chip-and-signature thing is painfully slow. It makes me appreciate Apple Pay on the Apple Watch that much more.

    For example - I was behind a lady who first swiped her card, which caused an error. Then she had trouble sticking her card in the slot. Then she removed it too soon and had to start over. And then the approval process itself is long. All I had to do was double click the watch and hold it over the reader, done.

    Apple Pay doesn't cost retailers any more than if I used my credit card. I think they would at least appreciate the time / efficiency savings.
  16. cerote macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2009
    Looks like some rescturcting is about to happen somewhere in company I work for.
  17. hortod1, Jun 7, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2016

    hortod1 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2009
  18. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    As I said it before..they should rename themselves to "4 gotten."
  19. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
  20. roar08 macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2008
    Outside of CurrentC, I'm pretty sure nobody believed this, not even the consortium members. They went along with it to hedge but realized CurrentC was vaporware.
  21. drumcat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
  22. sw1tcher macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Merchant Consortium Exchange members
  23. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    A thousand up votes to you, my friend.

    I have a Coin card, which is becoming less useful every day, with more and more businesses going to chip readers, and the Coin's inability to work with chip readers. But I still use it every once in a while if a merchant doesn't take Apple Pay.

    Here is how it goes:

    Clerk: "This is different. What is it?"
    Me: "It's a Coin card. It electronically holds all of my credit cards."
    Clerk: "Oh wow! How cool!"
    Me: "Meh. It's not nearly as cool as Apple Pay. It doesn't work in a lot of places because it's not compatible with chip readers. And it's also just as insecure as my other swipe cards. Frankly, my life would be much better if your boss would just implement Tap to Pay already, so I could use my watch to pay."
    Clerk (with blank stare): "Oh.......yeah. Um, next."
    --- Post Merged, Jun 7, 2016 ---
    But not the anonymity that you get to keep by using it. Rat bastards!
  24. npmacuser5 macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    I might have gone along with this convoluted system if the stores shared some of the savings with me. If they gave me at least 1 percent on each scan maybe worth my effort. But, it was all about them, it appears.
  25. Carmenia83 macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2012
    I can't believe this far along and we're still fighting over payment systems. Even places that DO accept Apple Pay are a pain in the ass half the time. A couple weeks ago at a Dunkin Donuts I used my watch to pay for my purchase and the register spit out a receipt indicating it was paid for. The cashier refused to give me the receipt and immediately called a supervisor to the register who told me I had to use a different payment method because they don't accept Apple Pay "because it doesn't work." I showed them on my watch they the transaction went through and pointed out that the receipt said it was paid. The supervisor continued to try to tell me I hadn't paid for anything and she got on the phone to call the stores owner. I opened the Chase app on my phone and showed her when she got off the phone that the transaction was already pending on my credit card. She still insisted that they didn't get paid but gave me my coffee anyway and informed me that they don't accept Apple Pay and told me to have a nice day. I threw it in the trash and told her I'll get one somewhere else with the line of people behind me watching.

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