Jawbone UP4 does double duty as a mobile wallet, but there’s a catch

jawbone up4 american express
Jawbone’s previous fitness tracker, the UP3, hasn’t even come out yet, but that isn’t stopping the company from moving onward and upward. For its next trick, the company is taking a route many wearables seem to be traveling these days and packing functionality normally reserved for smartwatches into a more simple device.

Two new bands were revealed by Jawbone today. The Jawbone UP2 is a sequel to last year’s UP24, but the more exciting reveal was the Jawbone UP4. Like the company’s other fitness trackers, the UP4 tracks your heart rate, sleep patterns, and physical activity, but unlike the rest, this one allows you to leave your wallet at home.

Like the Apple Watch, the Jawbone UP4 includes an NFC chip that allows it to act as a mobile payment solution. There is, however, a catch: the mobile payment functionality is only available to American Express cardholders.

American Express partnered with Jawbone on this feature — hence the exclusivity — and naturally buyers who don’t already have an AmEx card will be invited to apply for a new card. Assuming everything goes smoothly, new customers could be instantly approved.

Using the Jawbone UP4 for mobile payments won’t be quite as easy as using Apple Pay or other similar solutions — without a screen on the device, users are left with only the payment terminal to verify a successful transaction — but this isn’t really intended to be your only option for mobile payments. Meanwhile, for runners, who often try to travel as light as possible, a fitness band that doubles as a wallet is a perfect fit.

Like Apple Pay, the system in place here ensures that your credit card details stay private by replacing your actual number with one dedicated to mobile payments.

The Jawbone UP3 will start shipping later this month and the company says that existing orders should ship by mid-May, and customers won’t have to wait much longer for the newer tracker either. The Jawbone UP4 will ship this summer and at $200 will sell for just $20 more than the UP3.

Mobile

It’s nearly impossible to lose this solar-powered location-tracking wallet

Smart wallets have soared in popularity in recent years, offering tracking and RFID blocking, so I tried out the Ekster Parliament smart wallet with solar-powered tracker card to see whether they're worth opening your old wallet for.
Mobile

T-Mobile One is being rebranded to Magenta, new users get to keep discounts

T-Mobile offers a number of plans for you and your family, but how do you know which one is best for you and your situation? Here, we break down the specifics of each plan to help you decide.
Cars

Cover your risky riding with Voom’s A.I.-driven insurance for e-rides and drones

Voom wants to protect your assets. An outgrowth of drone insurance provider Skywatch, Voom covers user risks for short-term mobility platforms. Without insurance, an hour riding an e-scooter or piloting a drone could end in financial ruin.
Mobile

FCC chairman and commissioner support the T-Mobile and Sprint merger

T-Mobile and Sprint are getting closer to merging. After a few failed attempts, the two companies announced their merger at the start of 2018. The new T-Mobile could be better positioned to take on the likes of Verizon and AT&T.
Deals

Walmart drops deals on Fitbit Versa and Charge 3 smartwatches for Mother’s Day

Is your mother trying to get in better shape this summer, and looking for a fitness tracker? If so, Walmart has just dropped some great deals on three Fitbit models, saving you as much as $30 on the Fitbit Alta, Versa smartwatch, and Charge…
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Google I/O wrap-up, Lyft and Uber strike, and more

On this episode of DT Live, we discuss the Google I/O conference, the Lyft and Uber strike, Amazon’s New York Go store, Germany’s electric delivery truck highway, Japan’s successful rocket launch, and more.
Product Review

Propella 2.2 is proof that you don't have to spend a fortune to get a good ebike

Starting at $999, the Propella 2.2 ebike is well-equipped and affordable, yet still nimble and lightweight, which makes it a great option for bike commuters and urban riders who don’t want to break the bank.
Wearables

Fitbit’s kid-friendly Ace 2 fitness tracker now available for pre-order

Fitbit is now selling the Ace 2 fitness tracker for kids. The entry-level wearable counts steps, tracks active minutes, and monitors sleep to help keep kids active and encourage healthy habits throughout the day.
Home Theater

Run to the beat of your favorite music with the best running headphones

Running is a great source of exercise but isn't always the most thrilling, especially when you're fiddling to keep your headphones in place. Check out our picks for the best headphones for running, so you never have to miss a beat again.
Health & Fitness

Coros pushes the limits with light, long-lasting Vertix adventure watch

Coros continues to turn heads in the fitness watch market. With a titanium frame and 45 days of battery life, the new Coros Vertix is the lightest and longest lasting adventure watch now available.
Smart Home

Trying to lose weight? The best bathroom scales measure more than pounds

Today's scales measure everything from your body mass index to your bone mass, and with connected apps and fitness trackers, could be the tool to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
Deals

The Garmin Forerunner 35 gets a $50 price slash on Amazon

If you’re looking for an easy way to keep track of your fitness goals, a fitness tracker might be just what you need. The Garmin Forerunner 35 is one of our all-time favorites, and it’s on sale right now for $120.
Emerging Tech

Think your kid might have an ear infection? This app can confirm it

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new A.I.-powered smartphone app that’s able to listen for ear infections with a high level of accuracy. Here's how it works.
Deals

The best sound machines to help you fall (and stay) asleep

Whether you find that you sleep better with white noise, rain sounds, or deep sleep music, there’s a sound machine on the market that will be able to help you catch more z’s in no time at all.