Fintech startup N26 is updating its N26 Metal product and launching it tomorrow. You might remember that the company first announced its premium card at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin in December 2017. Shortly after the conference, the card was available in early access for existing N26 Black customers.
But the company had to go back to the drawing board and update the card design. N26 Metal customers had some complaints about the design of the card in particular.
While the original metal card was primarily made of a sheet of tungsten, the metallic part was still surrounded by plastic. Customers complained about scratches and the overall feel of the card.
It didn’t really feel like a metal card. It was more or less a heavy plastic card with a metal core. You could easily get scratches and the MasterCard logo was just a sticker.
— W Bonnaud-Dowell (@bonnaud_dowell) March 5, 2018
Even more surprising, some customers had some issues going through airport security because tungsten was an uncommon material.
Travelled 2 times since I have the @n26 metal card and get an extra security check each time because of this.
— Alex. Delivet (@alexd) May 14, 2018
At an event in Berlin, the company announced a revised version of N26 Metal. The front of the card is going to be made out of actual metal. The MasterCard logo will be engraved. And the name of the customer is moving to the back of the card.
You can join the waiting list now and customers will start getting the new metal card tomorrow.
But N26 Metal isn’t just a fancy card. For around €15 per month, you get all the advantages of N26 Black as well as partner offerings.
These offerings include the basic $45 per month WeWork subscription so that you can access a WeWork office for free for one day per month and pay for extra days. You also get 10 percent off hotel bookings on Hotels.com, promo codes for Drivy, Babbel and other services. The company says that there will be new offerings in the coming months.