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Poll wrap-up: Riders like to carry their Compass Cards in their wallets!

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Wallet Compass Card carriers lead the pack!

I guess you can figure it out from the post title but… the wallet wins the day!

Remember, it’s important to note that carrying your Compass Card on or in your phone case may stop it from tapping correctly.

This poll has been one of the most successful we have conducted here on the Buzzer blog with a total of 669 votes!

ICYMI: A few weeks ago, we asked our readers to vote on how they carry their Compass Cards.

The results were mixed beyond the one, clear winner.

Coming in second with 126 votes is a phone case while 103 riders voted that they carry their cards loose.

Plastic sleeves, lanyards (that’s me!) and “other” came in with 89, 78 and 43 votes, respectively.

Many people commented to let us know exactly what some of those other methods were.

Some riders said they like a retractable cord that can sit on their belt and snap their card back into place after a tap. Others like a change purse to keep their card handy and one person even carries their Compass card in an Altoids box! (sans mints, I assume)

Thank you to everyone who voted and commented on all of our channels!

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Author: Adrienne Coling


  • By Ryan, April 25, 2016 @ 9:30 pm

    Carrying it in your wallet along with other cards that have NFC chips will be a problem down the road if Translink starts allowing people to use credit cards tapping in/out when traveling. There will likely be multiple charges happening then. I’ll stick to a separate plastic sleeve that holds my Compass card. One that is away from my wallet and other cards using NFC technology.

  • By Adrienne Coling, April 26, 2016 @ 8:43 am

    Hi Ryan,
    Thanks for your comment! Yes, as we mentioned in the original poll, some newer smartphones can inhibit a successful tap on the readers. The Compass Card and/or reader won’t harm your phone or vice versa but you may have issues with your tap.
    Same goes for traditional wallets. They can cause interference because of your other chip cards held there. Many people commented that they use the wallet to carry, take the card out and then tap.

  • By elevtechlift, April 26, 2016 @ 10:05 am

    For me, although it includes other chip cards with contactless antennas (there’s a difference between a chip card and a chip card without contactless capabilities), tapping while the card is inside a wallet still works. However, I actually would want to make good use of the NFC module in my smartphone if there’s an app available to link my existing card to the app and tap my smartphone instead.

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