Friday, 7 August 2009

Phones4u Takes on O2 with Prepaid MasterCard Card Launches

Phones4u has teamed up with Newcastle Building Society and MasterCard to launch the Escape Prepaid MasterCard and the Neon Prepaid MasterCard.

Unlike the fee-free cards that 02 recently announced for their customers, the Phones 4U cards carry charges.

The Escape MasterCard Prepaid Card and the Neon MasterCard Prepaid Card will not only make topping up your mobile phone easier, they can also be used to make purchases at over 28.5 million retailers worldwide that accept MasterCard and to withdraw cash from 1.5 million ATMs across the globe. Top ups can be made free via text message in just 60 seconds, 24 hours a day.
Both MasterCards are available to buy from 450 Phones4u stores, with no bank account needed and thus 100% card acceptance guaranteed.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Banks still dragging their heels

Prepaid Card companies are being innovative and thinking laterally by offering prepaid cards that provide basic banking facilities and budgeting tools such as the budgetmaster provided by ClearCash Prepaid Card which help with paying bills online as well as staying overdraft and debt free. The banks still seem to be kicking their heels over this for some reason. Still too worried about cannibalising credit card fees - thats our take!

Some of the prepaid card providers providing such tools are
In some ways, it seems we are going full circle with banking, credit, debt, no credit, no debt and then no banking!!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Clear the Decks with ClearCash

ClearCash have recently launched the ClearCash prepaid MasterCard which comes with the nifty Budgetmaster tool - ideal if you face budgeting problems.
The ClearCash account is all about intelligent money management and it shows in their efforts to keep costs to consumers down whilst providing a valuable service to consumers.

Some of the goodies on offer with the ClearCash prepaid card include
  • Online bill payments and standing orders
  • Unique online budgeting tools
  • FREE financial healthchecks
  • FREE live chat
  • FREE SMS Balance Check
  • FREE purchase protection
  • Friendly money advisors
As always, the proof of the pudding will be in the tasting, so watch this space. The ClearCash prepaid card and icount have been reviewed on Prepaid365 and you can read the ClearCash prepaid card review here.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Rational FX Prepaid Card Launched and Reviewed on Prepaid365

Rational FX which have been lauded as one of the fastest growing FX companies in the UK have launched the Rational FX Prepaid Card. If these guys deliver anything like the quality and service of their currency business, travel money cards are going places this summer or whatever is left of it anyway!

Rational FX have an excellent reputation in the currency exchange market and the Rational FX prepaid card is out to deliver the same benefits and customer focus in the Prepaid market and in true Rational FX fashion, an excellent FX rate is delivered through the convenience of a prepaid card. This is backed up by excellent customer service and two currency card options in Euro and USD. If used wisely, the Rational FX prepaid card can be cost neutral attracting almost no fee.

Read the review and get your Rational FX card here: