RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Discover announced today that cardmembers can access their credit card accounts with the power of their voices through Amazon Alexa. The new Discover skill for Alexa offers customers a convenient and hands-free way to access account information, including their recent transactions, available credit, current balance, rewards category information and payment due date.
Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that powers Alexa-enabled devices, like Amazon Echo, Echo Show, and Echo Dot, provides customers access to skills, capabilities similar to apps, but for voice. Discover customers who have linked their account to Alexa can access the new Discover skill by simply saying “Alexa, open Discover.”
“We are committed to providing our customers with valuable solutions that fit their routines, whether through our mobile app, on the web or with voice,” said Shaida Lynch, vice president of e-business at Discover. “As more consumers embrace voice-assisted technologies, like Alexa, to help manage various aspects of their lives, we’ll continue to provide solutions that meet our cardmembers’ needs wherever or however they prefer to manage their accounts.”
Alexa uses Amazon’s automatic speech recognition and language technology that allows people to use their natural voices to interact with Alexa-enabled devices. Discover customers who have enabled the skill and linked their account can ask Alexa questions or make a request posed in natural language such as:
- What are my recent transactions?
- What is my available credit?
- What is my current balance?
- What is my rewards category?
- When is my payment due?
Discover is continuing to test more ways for cardmembers to manage their accounts with Alexa and will explore new commands that focus on the customer and refine the user experience.
“We are always listening to our customers and are consistently evaluating our strategies to align with their needs,” said Lynch. “As consumer use of voice-assisted technology continues to climb, we expect customer demand for new ways to manage their accounts to also grow and anticipate building out our skill’s functionality further.”
Discover customers with an Alexa-enabled device can enable the skill using the following steps:
- Open the Alexa app or go to Alexa.Amazon.com. Tap or select “Skills” and search for Discover.
- Select “Enable.”
- Link account by entering your Discover username and password.
- Create a 4-digit voice code. The 4-digit voice code is specific to the skill and separate from any other Discover PINs you may have.
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Global Network comprised of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance around the world. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.