The Key Ring app from Mobestream (recently acquired by Gannett) has been around for some time now. Available for free on iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry, it brings all your plastic cards together. The app lets you simply scan and store your existing loyalty cards, enroll in new loyalty programs and get exclusive coupons and discounts from top retailers. But it doesn’t stop there…

Unlike Passbook, Key ring lets you link coupons to your debit or credit card and clip your grocery coupons from popular retailers digitally. And since all your loyalty cards and coupons are all digital upon scanning, just show your iPhone at checkout to redeem a coupon.

Key Ring supports digital circulars for a bunch of retailers, including Albertsons, Babies ‘R Us, Best Buy, CVS, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Giant Food, GNC, Ikea, Jewel-Osco, Kmart, Kohl’s, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Macy’s, Michaels, Office Depot, OfficeMax MaxPerks, Old Navy, Petco, PetSmart, Sears, Shopko, Smart and Final, Staples, Stop&Shop, Target, The Great Indoors, Toys ‘R Us, True Value and Walgreens.

  • What makes this better than passbook?

    • Kaptivator

      It supports more stores than passbook. That’s what stood out to me. Having a choice is also good. Good point though.

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      I use key all the time it’s just a way to keep physical Retail (Discount) Cards all in one spot. Basically your phone becomes the card by Retail, Gyms, Etc.. scanning your phone. I never put my credit or debit card in it. Passbook is still better and needed to pay.

  • Please keep your boring news for Monday , from now till Sunday I just want to hear the news of “jailbreak has been released”

  • Pashto

    2 words: googlet wallet

  • iBanks

    Been using this since the announcement of Passbook, and I use it daily. The ability to put all my keychain cards rather than waiting on passbook support is all I needed.

  • Val

    Does it WORK though? I use, or should I say that I ATTEMPT to use “CardStar”, but the cashiers can’t ever get the stupid bar codes to scan. They have to type it in manually, giving me a “just carry your d*mned cards like a normal person” look the whole time.

    • Kaptivator

      Just give them the “If you don’t like your job, get another one” look. It works every time.

    • I have been using keyring for awhile, i think about a year or so. I use keyring at places like Harris Teeter, or the hair cuttery, it works great. At places like Food Lion they dont have the gun scanners so they either just enter it in manually or they use one of their MVP cards, either way I dont have to worry about carrying 10 or more loyalty cards, gift cards, and all that stuff. I like passbook, and I use it at times, it all just depends on the person. I am the person that likes to have an iphone wallet, so that’s just me, why should I have to carry a wallet, a phone, cards all that stuff, as the years go on more and more businesses will get with the program.

    • It won’t work any better than previous apps as the problem is laser scanners cannot read a backlit screen. It will ONLY work with optical scanners (big red flashes) that are typically in handheld scanners. This is useless for me as I mostly use self checkout and most companies use a phone number as an alternate to a loyalty card.

  • Dan

    Well I got the app and put in my cards, now to see if it works.