Thursday, February 02, 2012

Cards integrated with mobile money

Cards are not part of the scene in the case of most mobile money initiatives.Subscribers of mobile money deployments can do a myriad number of transactions just by making use of their mobile phones. It is now easy to send and receive remittance payments, do person to person payments, buy airtime and pay bills. So why would you still want to offer plastic to mobile money subscribers.

And the answers is very simple: some transactions in the payments domain are only possible with a card and or a sixteen digit (with CVV) number.

It is very complex and difficult to perform a payment transactions at a traditional merchant (with a POS) or to withdraw cash at an ATM without a plastic card. To really get the benefit of these huge traditional payment networks it is essential to offer plastic cards in conjunction of mobile money accounts.