Lemon Wallet digital wallet app by Lemon Inc.
Free for Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices.
One of the more confusing features of Apple Inc.'s new iOS 6 smartphone software is Passbook, a digital wallet that's supposed to let you store credit and debit cards, store loyalty and discount cards, and even airline boarding passes. But for now Passbook has lots of limitations, and is difficult to set up. Here's a free app that suffers from limitations of its own, but is a lot easier to work with.
With Lemon Wallet, your phone's camera snaps a photo of the card you want to digitize. You don't even push a shutter button; just aim the camera and it's done. You can type in your credit card number and get a little on-screen QR code that a merchant could scan in order to ring up purchases. Itís the same basic idea as the payment app Level Up.
However, you presently can't use Lemon Wallet to make payments. Luckily, it does work with your loyalty cards, so you can use your phone to get discounts at Shaw's, Stop & Shop, or just about anyplace else that issues such cards.
In addition, Lemon Wallet features a receipt scanner. You can capture images of all your receipts and store them in a digital file for easy access and accurate recordkeeping. All the stored data is encrypted and protected by a PIN number, in case you lose the phone.
And if you buy the "pro" version, priced at $9.99 a month , Lemon Wallet can automatically block access to your credit or debit cards if you ever lose your real wallet.
Lemon Wallet has a way to go before it becomes a full-fledged substitute for plastic, but itís an appealing first step.
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