dealsget $25 credit for amex's new digital payment app…

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This sounds pretty awesome. Here's what I plan to do.

When I get the card in the mail, I would activate it and load $25 from my bank account onto the card.

Then, I would go to the gas station and pull up to a pump. I would go inside and have them put exactly $25 on the pump and pay with the Serve card. They usually have problems taking a prepaid card at the pump itself.

That gets me a $25 statement credit. But I still have the $25 on the card from when I loaded it. So next time my gas tank is low, I have to do the same steps again.

In the end, I pay $25 and get $50 worth of gas.

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So is this analogous to Google Wallet? Are retailers accepting this form of payment anywhere yet? The only thing I have Gwallet on is my Nexus 7, and taking that to a store a tapping it on an NFC reader isn't exactly convenient. But free money? I am DEFINITELY into that!

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You get a physical prepaid Amex card also. So it's real easy to get in on the deal.

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@heymecalvy: If you haven't already activated Google Wallet on your Nexus 7, you might want to look at it. Google gave me $10 for adding a prepaid Google card to Wallet. It was worth a free $10 to take my tablet to the register and tap it once to get that free $10. ;)

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@heymecalvy: Awesome! Speaking of the Nexus 7, the Serve app isn't compatible. It's also showing not compatible with my Sony Tablet S with ICS, so I'm betting it's only compatible up through Gingerbread (maybe Honeycomb... don't have any devices running Honeycomb). Looks like it probably doesn't do NFC and it's more of a competitor to PayPal than Google Wallet (although PayPal's app DOES NFC).

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Anyone else having problems signing up? I get this error "PARAMETER IS AN INVALID DATA TYPE" on the second page beside the email address when I submit it. I have put in a space after the whole address, have changed the email address, have tried in both firefox and chrome and get the same error each time.

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@mktglisa: I got that too. I made sure my password had numbers and uppercase letters, and I got in. Not sure if that's it, but give it a try.

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@omnichad: that was it! The error was right next to the email address, so I assumed it was a problem on that line. Thanks for the quick response!

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I'm familiar with this because I am a Serve account holder. I joined before American Express bought it from Revolution Money Exchange. RME was a payment service originally trying to compete with other payment services but that didn't pan out. AMEX bought it, and turned it into a very nice prepaid American Express card account. The card that I have in this account is an American Express card. It gets me advantages that American Express card members get, such as when I needed access to the online Tribeca Film Festival, restricted to American Express cardholders. My card was approved and I was given access. I thought that was pretty good.

You can load your card in a multiple of ways, including Greendot Money Pak. I think it is a very good service and would recommend it to anyone.

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Just did this and got my free $25 instantly. $25 of free gas for me. +1 OP!

Doing one in my wife's name, as well. Free $50 for us.

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Just got mine today. Off to the gas station!

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I spent $25 a week ago and I still do not have a credit... Serve customer service has no idea this promotion exist!

I will be telling everyone not to use this service.

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@jessiejames97432: I find that hard to believe. All you have to do is share this link with them (which is still active). It's on their website, very clear.

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The load is taking forever. I loaded it on Sunday and it's cleared my bank account, but is still showing Pending on Serve's site. This reminds me of the early days of PayPal. I want to spend what I've loaded, but I still have a $0 available balance... :-(

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@hwlester: Yeah, once I got my bank account confirmed, I just added and used my debit card instead. It's instant, and there's no fees on doing that until sometime in 2013. At first I thought I'd be able to wait, but the day I remembered to load it was the day I needed gas.

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@jessiejames97432: I signed up through my link and I got my credit. It took several days for the charge to actually post to my card, even though it showed $0 available the same day. Once the charge posted, I also had a $25 credit.

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It works i love free money me and the wife got one