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CurrentC blitzed with terrible reviews on Play Store after Apple Pay shut-out


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Mobile payment app CurrentC has already been slammed with nearly 400 one-star reviews, despite not even officially launching until next year.

The app, built by Merchant Customer Exchange, and backed by a raft of US retailers including Walmart, 7-eleven, ExxonMobil, and Dunkin’ Donuts, is under-going an all out offensive on the Google Play Store.

It’s a result of an ongoing battle between Apple Pay and CurrentC’s backers that’s seen supporter firms blocking Apple’s payment system in advance of the CurrentC launch.

Walmart, Best Buy, Rite Aid, and CVS have all been confirmed to have either modified or disabled their NFC readers to stop customers using Apple Pay at their stores.

The riled-up corporations are shutting out Apple’s payment system in hopes of wooing customers with CurrentC when it becomes officially available in 2015.

It seems to have backfired however, with the mobile payment app now showing off 358 one-star reviews, compared to a meager 14 five-star reviews.

It’s doubly painful for CurrentC, as Google recently updated the Play Store to only show off apps with a 4-or-above average star score to reduce the catalogue of poor apps.

Jason Dabrowski, who reviewed the app today, wrote: “If retailers want to do NFC payments, they can re-enable Google Wallet and Apple Pay instead of disabling those services to try and force consumers in this direction.

Fellow reviewer Jessica Bligh posted: “You want bank account information? Absolutely not. Also not going to give up credit card rewards. I hate that because of this retailers are disabling NFC.”

A call-to-arms has also been posted on Reddit, inciting fellow users to slam the CurrentC app in hopes of reverting its backers’ decision to blockade Apple Pay.

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October 27, 2014, 11:30 pm

Looked at the app on the play store and it has over 1,700 1 star reviews but if you look at them they seem to be cut and pasted and the 4 and 5 star reviews smell of fake reviews as well.


October 28, 2014, 1:46 am

It dosen't matter what do the reviews say, the fact is they managed to get so many potential customers pissed off.
And also since they are blocking BOTH Google Wallet and ApplePay, how are they hoping to get their own app on smartphones since Android and iOS hold more than 90% of the market ?!?


October 28, 2014, 1:51 am

The biggest reason these retailers want their own system is that they are incorporating their loyalty programmes in it and then customers will be using these without even knowing as well as quite a bit more info will be collected!!!


October 28, 2014, 4:16 am

And the crowd they pissed off? The same crowd that the majority of their potential early adopters would be pulled from

Annette Chiddister

October 28, 2014, 6:13 am

And CurrentC had disabled reviews..you now must download app before reviewing.

Patrick Smithopolis

October 28, 2014, 12:25 pm

You've always had to download an app before you can review it.


October 28, 2014, 2:07 pm

False. It's an option the developer sets and the CurrentC developer forgot to do this before yesterday

Ryan Clayton

October 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

So what? Install app, review, uninstall app. If I never open the app, it's not going to magically get my banking info from my phone.

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