App Review: Key Ring

15 Feb

Key Ring by Mobestream Media is a very exciting and promising app for the iPhone. Unfortunately, so far it has not delivered on its promise. Key Ring promises to finally rid you of that key chain full of customer loyalty cards you’ve been toting around.


Our beloved "Discount Lizard"

What you do is use the built in barcode scanner to scan your cards into the app, and it recognizes them and stores them to be used on your phone.


The idea is that now when you want to use your loyalty card at the store you simply open the app, choose the store and the barcode will pop up on your screen and they can scan that instead.


The app will also tell you if there are special offers available at the store (as is indicated next to the Staples “card”.)


So far we have only tried to scan the app at self-serve checkouts, at Stop & Shop and CVS, and neither has worked.

Corinne’s app for her gym had a similar problem scanning her key card to check in – it seems certain scanners have a problem scanning backlit screens. (Not Starbucks though; their app works great with their scanners, and Corinne can scan her phone to pay for her Grande Soy Lattes!)

So, so far, a very interesting app has been a bust, but we’re holding out hope because it really could be very convenient. We’ll update if this thing starts working… We’re gonna keep trying ’til a cashier gets mad at us!


3 Responses to “App Review: Key Ring”

  1. Melinda February 15, 2012 at 11:37 AM #

    This should be a lesson: NEVER abandon the Lizard!!!

    • Corinne February 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM #

      LOL!!! Don’t worry the lil guy is still in my bag!

  2. Jerry February 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM #

    Well, so far this has not worked at Staples, CVS, and I think Stop and Shop.
    On the bright side is HAS worked at… oh wait, it hasn’t worked anywhere yet.

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