Mobile devices had advanced so much that we can incorporate these gadgets to almost any aspect of our daily lives. From browsing the internet, to keeping valuable data, these smartphones allow us to do things that back during the days we could only do with a bulky computer. Even money can now be used, loaned, and stored for transactions anytime, anywhere, using a smartphone – a job that was once exclusive to plastic cards. Also, these smartphones can now carry data which can be scanned by either other smartphone devices, or a typical plastic card scanner, allowing smartphones to cater to identification purposes.
With that being said, should we still use plastic cards for these kinds of jobs? Is there an advantage in using plastic cards instead of smartphones? I saw these questions on one of those Q&A sites this morning. A lot of people say that we should replace plastic cards. What they failed to realize is that there are perks and advantages in using plastic cards instead of smartphones. Here are a couple of reasons why plastic cards are still handy, and why some customers and entrepreneurs prefer them over smartphones:
Portable – Yes, even though they can both fit inside your pocket, plastic cards are still more portable compared to smartphones due to their size. Aside from being bigger, smartphones can only be used as long as they have batteries in them. These batteries usually need to be charged by the end of the day. Each recharge cycle shortens the battery’s life, too.
Eco-friendly – Plastic cards are now being manufactured with biodegradable materials, so disposing them isn’t a problem anymore. These cards are actually made of a new synthetic plastic made from vegetable and other plant fibers that simulate the typical PVC. This is great for making readable cards
that are meant for one-time usage. Sure, an electronic version of a single-usage card can easily be made, but these phones employ hard plastic that are oftentimes considered as environmental hazards. These new gadgets also produce “e-waste” – types of trash that isn’t biodegradable, or practically reusable.
Easier and cheaper to produce – Plastic cards are easier to produce than their digital/electronic counterpart due to new innovations in manufacturing practices (such as the material mentioned above). Since these cards are easy to produce, it only follows that they become cheaper and much more accessible even to smaller businesses. Their electronic/digital counterparts require serious programming prerequisites in order to achieve flawless functions and services. That alone makes smartphones a more expensive choice.
Not everyone has a smartphone – In this age, one would probably be in disbelief upon hearing that not all people have a smartphone. This is true, however. In fact, some technophobes don’t even know much about using the internet and other technologies that we enjoy nowadays.
Plastic cards are safer – This is probably the number one reason why we still use plastic cards instead of relying on smartphones. Smartphones are connected to the internet. Like any other thing that is connected to the internet, it is vulnerable to hackers. Not all businesses are willing, or rich enough, to invest in third party security software just so they can protect their customers’ aftersales data. After all, most hacking opportunities and other malwares are caught by smartphones due to their users’ irresponsibility. Data installed in plastic cards are kept secured and inaccessible as long as they are stored in a safe place.
I hope this answers most folk’s question regarding this issue. Sure, technology is great, but we can’t rely on it most of the time. Some things remain and are still being used for a reason. In my opinion, these plastic cards are the perfect medium for their current functions.