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Review of The MoBeam Numi Loyalty Card Manager

by Heidi Leder on September 16, 2010
in Money Savers, Health and Home, Guides & Reviews

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Loyalty cards can be beneficial with their discounts and rewards, but only if you have the cards on you—and can find them—at the time you need them. MoBeam helps solve this problem with a simple key fob device called the numi key.

At just 2”” x 1.5” and half an inch thick, the numi can attach to your keychain or easily fit in your purse. It supports over 65 retailers and can store up to 50 loyalty and membership numbers at a time. The simple directional controls allow you to quickly thumb through your list of loyalty numbers, which are stored alphabetically.

The nümi key supports grocery stores and pharmacies like A&P, Safeway, CVS, and BevMo, as well as big box retailers like Best Buy and Kmart. You can manually add stores that aren’t in the software’s drop-down menu of retailers as long the card has a barcode, and the retailer’s scanner is compatible—flatbed scanners like those found at a grocery store and laser scanners that project a sharp red line. Loyalty cards that simply have a magnetic strip with the membership number on the card, such as Barnes & Noble, P.F. Changs, and Jos. A. Bank, won't work.

MoBeam numi

Some retailers like Sephora and Ulta both appeared in the drop down menu, but the numbers weren't accepted when I attempted to input them into the numi key....which I’m assuming tells me that I’ve been a frequent beauty store shopper for far too long.

The numi key is activated through your web browser, and easy to use at the store. The times I’ve used it, it worked perfectly and was the first time those check-out clerks had seen the device. The numi has a built-in battery that recharges through a cord that plugs into any USB port and, as part of the smart design, a power indicator on the top right corner of the digital display let’s you know when you’ll likely need to recharge.

While you can currently store loyalty card numbers, it is designed to also include barcoded numbers for coupons, gift cards or tickets. At that point I could see potential limitations with the 50 number storage limit, as you could easily use up the allotted slots on the device.

All in all, the numi key works as promised, is easy to use with simple directional controls to scroll through your list of loyalty numbers and reduces wallet clutter and frantic last-minute searching at the check-out counter. And at $19.95, if you forget your loyalty cards frequently, the numi will pay for itself in no time.

It’s found a home in my handbag.

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Hi Heidi,We happy your numi

From Dave Beebe on September 16, 2010 :: 4:30 pm

Hi Heidi,

We happy your numi key has found a home in your handbag, and apologize for the problems you had with your Sephora and Ulta cards. We’ve taken another look at them and realized that we had specified a different barcode type than we should have. We have corrected the error and you should now be able to add and use your Sephora and Ulta cards.

Enjoy your numi key!


Hi Heidi! It is an

From Rosa Brown on September 16, 2010 :: 6:06 pm

Hi Heidi! It is an interesting gadget… however, for all reasons - and particularly because they’re free - I prefer mobile loyalty apps.

I’ve came across Cardmobili, and they’ve got a solution for all cellphones - not just smartphones, but all of them! You should check them out at


I bought a numi key

From coupon mom on October 04, 2010 :: 1:44 pm

I bought a numi key as well as my friend.  It turns out that it is a piece on junk.  It won’t charge, the web page is hard to use. there support is slow and offers excuses.  Don’t buy one.  If you did, return it.


Thanks for correcting the number

From Heidi on October 04, 2010 :: 2:14 pm

Thanks for correcting the number readers for Sephora and Ulta cards, Dave! I was able to upload those loyalty card numbers and look forward to using the numi key in those stores soon.


Hi Rosa! I have an

From Heidi on October 04, 2010 :: 2:18 pm

Hi Rosa! I have an iPhone and had heard *initially* that Cardmobili didn’t work as well on them. I downloaded the app over the weekend, and intend to try it out for myself. Will report back. Thanks!


Coupon Mom - I'm surprised

From Heidi on October 04, 2010 :: 2:28 pm

Coupon Mom - I’m surprised (and sorry) to hear about your experience, have you contacted mobeam to see about getting yours replaced? We have two of the numi keys and haven’t encountered any issues other than trouble uploading the Sephora and Ulta card numbers in the beginning - which has now been resolved. The website worked fine on my netbook when I activated our keys.


I also bought one.

From rosa on October 07, 2010 :: 3:55 pm

I also bought one.  It doesn’t work.  Everyone, if you bought one, return it!


@RosaI see that you and

From Josh Kirschner on October 07, 2010 :: 4:49 pm


I see that you and “coupon mom” are posting from the same IP address. So I’m not sure if you’re the person who has a personal gripe with mobeam or if you have legitimate issues.  If you do have issues with the product, please describe them so others can be informed. Simply trashing the product isn’t helpful.

Josh Kirschner
Founder, Techlicious


No longer connects to computer. Mo user guide

From Robert Twigg on December 18, 2011 :: 4:15 pm

I once loaded 15 loyalty cards in my first numi key. A Yorkie detroyed the other numi key. Today it will not connect any longer. Very frustrating! Also, why is there not a user guide? I no longer have the pckaging.


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