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Instant Money Transfer Within India With Oxigen

By Mohammed Waseem

Instant Money Transfer is the trend today and small operators are coming up with instant money transfer solutions and are gaining lot of customers. Since the introduction of M-Pesa, the world has seen a large number of e-wallets and m-wallets. M-Pesa itself has been adopted in a number of countries, either independently or in partnership with a local mobile operator.

In India, M-Pesa works with Vodafone, while many other wallets are also available, including Airtel, YPAYCASH, OxiCash and so on. These operators require authorization from from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in order to operate in the country. All operators function in similar ways, but offer slightly different features.

OxigenOxiCash is a mobile wallet, also known as Oxigen Wallet, that facilitates instant money transfer to bank accounts, as well as to other Oxigen Wallets. The cash that can be stored in the wallet depends on what type of wallet one owns. They have Oxigen 10000 and Oxigen 50000; the former has a limit of INR 10000 maximum storage, while the latter does not.

Oxigen 10000 does not allow cash withdrawal and maximum limit per transaction is INR 10000. Maximum deposit allowed is INR 5000 and INR 10000 per month. The Oxigen 50000 wallet does not have such limitations.

There are three ways to send money with an Oxigen Wallet. The first one is wallet to wallet transfer and the second one is transfer to a bank account using the NEFT (National Electronic Fund Transfer) network, that works with IFSC (Indian Financial System Code). The third way is transfer to a bank account using MMID (Mobile Money Identifier).

This service is excellent for those who do not have a bank account of their own. Even if they do, they can transfer money to any bank in India instantly. This is a major difference with OxiCash, compared to other mobile wallets.

To open a wallet account, this link can be followed, or an SMS can be sent with the following details: “Oxigen*Agree*DOB(DDMMYY)*Full Name”, sent to 9870888888. The wallet can be refilled through net banking, debit cards, credit cards, in cash through any of Oxigen outlets and IMPS (Immediate Payment Service), which is an inter-bank electronic instant mobile money transfer service through mobile phones in India.

MTNMMO, Mobile Money Transfer To Africa

By Mohammed Waseem

MFS Africa, an organization that connects money transfer operators, remittance hubs and banks to mobile wallet schemes across Africa operates a money transfer service that enables senders to send money to various African nations. Currently, the supported destination countries are Benin, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Rwanda. They have plans to include more countries soon. The service is called MTNMMO.

The money transferred is instantly delivered to the recipient’s MTN Mobile Money account. This means that the recipient needs to have an MTN connection in order to be able to receive funds. Senders can start sending money by following three steps, which are registration, transfer and payment. In order to use the service, senders need to submit proof of identification in order to comply with anti-money laundering regulations.

MTNMMOHowever, senders can instantly make one transfer without registering; and this transaction is limited to a transfer amount of 100 EUR/CAD/USD/GBP. Once verified, senders can avail all the benefits including higher limits.

Users can register here and upload the relevant documents after making the first transfer. They need to do this only once. To send money later on, senders need to click on ‘New Transfer’ and select the recipient or enter their details anew, and then enter the transfer amount and the payment method before confirming all the details.

After having confirmed the details, senders are redirected to their bank to pay by a bank card. Once the payment is complete, the money is immediately transferred to the recipient’s MTN Mobile Money account. Sender gets a confirmation message with the details and a reference number and the transaction is added to the account history.

At present, only debit cards from Visa, Mastercard and Maestro are supported and no credit cards can be used to pay for the transfer. Recipient can cash out the funds at any MTN Mobile Money agent in the destination country. Transfers to Liberia are free of charge, but transfers to Benin, Ivory Coast and Rwanda are charged a flat fee of 4 GBP from the UK, 5 EUR from the Euro Zone, 6 CAD from Canada and 6 USD from USA.

Mobile Money Transfer By World First

By Mohammed Waseem

We have heard and discussed about foreign exchange companies getting into the money transfer business; there are a lot of them in the market, each trying to outperform the other by offering exceptional services. Each of them try to attract customers and offer services comparable to those offered by banks, but at a much lesser fee.

We had learnt about a money transfer service offered by World First last week; let us now discuss about the Android and iOS solution offered by them to transfer money on the go. We had learnt that they provide better rates and charge lower fees, with the mobile app, customers can get all those services right in their hands.

World FirstThe app is available on Google Playstore and on iTunes. At present, only individual customers are fully supported, but corporates can still use the app for few features. It may be available for the latter very soon, as the company is working on it. Users can easily and quickly send money using a debit card, any time from their smartphone or tablet, it takes as less as 30 seconds to complete a transfer.

Payments tracker helps the senders track their transfers and know when the recipient has received it. They can also check live rates and initiate a transfer accordingly, in order to ensure best rates and more money for the recipient. In addition, the app has an inbuilt currency converter that helps the users know the value of the recipient’s currency and send money in local currency accordingly.

Users also use this app to make transfers between their own accounts. The services offered through this app are similar to that offered online on World First’s website, but for the fact that transfers can be done anywhere and at any time, the app is just great. It is also on par with other money transfer apps. The android app can be downloaded from here.

Send Money to Anyone, Anywhere with Mobino

By Mohammed Waseem

Swiss payment solution provider Mobino offers this person to person money transfer service that is aimed to be targeted at everyone; yes, all the citizens of the world, as they claim. They offer solutions for individuals, merchants and central banks. Their products are integrated with the existing banking infrastructure of a country. In countries where banking services are unavailable or are inaccessible by many, they offer prepaid accounts.

The smartphone app is available on Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded from the app market to experience the new payment solution. Individuals can use the app to pay a merchant for purchases or send money to another Mobino user. The process is very easy, they just have to select the payment type (merchant or person), enter their credentials and send the payment by entering the recipient’s phone number. The last step is protected by a secret code.

MobinoAccount balance can be checked and tracked using the app interface in order to avoid over spending. With this service, Mobino claims to enable mobile payments for 5 billion people. The service will also be available to non-smartphone users in order to cover the market and target countries where smartphone penetration is low. However, it has not been rolled out yet.

Mobino offers solutions for central banks to regulate money and offers an infrastructure to manage the circulation of electronic money. With this, the banks can offer Mobino accounts to all the citizens of the country; so each of them will have an account linked to their mobile number. They promise low operating costs and territory coverage to handle user registrations and cash transfers. This solution can be used to pay salaries to employees, purchase goods and services and transfer money.

There is no charge for using the app, but merchants are charged 1% of the amount as the fee and central banks may have a charged involved as well. For international transfers, currency conversions are charged at a market rate, depending on the currency pairs. The money is stored in an aggregate account with PostFinance, a Swiss financial institution that holds more than CHF 100 billion in deposits and customer assets.

Mobile Wallet Provider, Isis to Change its Name

By Mohammed Waseem

Mobile Wallet provider Isis has been inevitably forced to change their name since the acronym “ISIS” has become synonymous to the terrorist group from Syria. They are working on re-branding and haven’t released a name yet.

“However coincidental, we have no interest in sharing a name with a group whose name has become synonymous with violence and our hearts go out to those who are suffering” CNET.com reported the Isis Mobile CEO, Michael Abbott saying. So, the name which took years to develop will unfortunately require a change; the team is actively working on looking for a new name. The Isis mobile wallet service is jointly run by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.

Isis MobileThe service was launched in November 2013 in the US and is available nationwide. They took a long time for joint venture teaming, trials, etc. after which they had come up with a name. Now, if they don’t change the name, it will surely affect their brand due to obvious reasons. Even though they are totally different, the fact that it is synonymous with ISIS would make the people choose a different service; this is why the name change is vital.

Isis Mobile allows users to pay for purchases by adding participating credit cards from American Express, Chase or Wells Fargo or by setting up an American Express Serve account. Money can be added to this account with a US bank account, a credit card or a debit card. This means that if the user does not hold one of the three supported credit cards, they can use any other debit or credit card by setting up an American Express Serve account.

The app also holds offers from participating merchants, exclusively available to Isis users. Users can pay at over 200000 locations across the US, where contactless payment is accepted. They just have to wave the phone over a screen to make the payment. The app is available on Android and iOS.

After so much hard work choosing the name, it will obviously be difficult to change it, but if they don’t, they may fail to become established.