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At the end of 2012 we reviewed a mobile money offering that was just at the beginning of its growth. The service allows you to purchase prepaid airtime and electricity, receive money, and deposit or withdraw money from Pick n Pay or Boxer stores. Nineteen months later, MTN have launched a mechanism which will allow you to take your money everywhere.

MTN have launched a VISA card for the Mobile Money users. This card can be purchased at Pick n Pay and Boxer stores, and can be ready for use within three days.

What can it do

The card will be connected to your Mobile Money, and has access to the funds that are stored in your Mobile Money account. The card can be used to pay for goods and services at merchants that accept VISA, as well as allow you to withdraw funds from it at ATM’s around the country (for when you need cash).

Costs

After purchasing the card pack for R29 (once-off), the MTN Mobile Money VISA card offers the card service without any annual or monthly fees, including unlimited free swipes.

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How to get your card working

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

  1. Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store
  2. Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN
  3. Select “More”, then select “My Account”
  4. Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”
  5. Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account
  6. Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions
  7. Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card
  8. Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card
  9. You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

 your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dp

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpu

An app that tells you exactly where there are available discounts? Sounds too good to be true. I downloaded this app, and it is true!

After downloading via my phone’s store, (available on iTunes, google Play and for Blackberry ), I completed the easy sign-up process, and then I was spoilt with competitions as well as vouchers and coupons for discounts and free items. These are available via voucher codes, links to the retailer websites, it saves on your app, and you can even print out a voucher. The service is available via the app, as well as on the vouchercloud website.

The vouchers, coupons, and links all display the expiry date, as well as the available days that it may be redeemed. The app detects your location via your phones GPS, and tells you where the available offers are closest to you.

You can even browse via category to have a look at what you may be in the hunt for, be it dining, travel, fashion, gardening, electrical, sports and much more.

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Powered by Vodacom, vouchercloud boasts deals/offering from the largest retailers, brands & franchises available to our country. Download the app or have a look at the website. Its easy to use, and will benefit every type of consumer looking for a good deal.

 

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I am one of those people who are a bit sceptical about getting a credit card. Yes, they may be useful for purchasing online, for booking flights, which honestly is probably the only reason I would consider getting one. However, my fear in getting a credit card comes from the idea that I would overspend, maxing out my card especially knowing that I can rely on it as my emergency cash float when times are a little dry financially.

That’s where products like the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card comes in handy, now I am able to shop online, book my flights and fulfill all my online purchasing needs with this one virtual card, without the concern of getting swipe happy with my credit card

Developed by Triloq Payment Services, a World of Avatar company and issued by Standard Bank in association with MasterCard, the system was created to remove barriers for would-be online shoppers and to increase online sales across the board and is designed for online shopping use only.

Registration for the virtual card is pretty straight forward and is open to any South African with a valid ID number. You can register on the 1-2-Pay-Online website in order to create and use the virtual prepaid cards. Online shopping demands the highest level of security and therefore the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual prepaid card created may only be used once, on any websites accepting VISA or MasterCard. Any funds left over are returned to the user profile. Should you wish to shop online again just create another virtual prepaid card, it’s as easy as that.

With no lengthy application forms, no credit checks, no annual fees, no interest charges or any other hidden fees you simply pay as you go.

As simple as that, music and movie enthusiasts can now pay for their favourite tracks and videos on iTunes using the virtual card and can even skip the queues when paying for E-Toll bills. Just like that, the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card is making payments and shopping that much simpler and so much more convenient.

The value of cards you may create is dependent on whether or not you have been FICA verified by 1-2-Pay-Online, all for your safety and security. A non-FICA verified user can create cards up to maximum value of R200. If you are a FICA verified user then you may create cards up to a value of R1500.

To pay for your E-Toll bill, for example, you would then register for and load your 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card with the relevant amount, log on to the E-Toll website and click on online payments under their ‘payment options’ tab, log in and pay for your bills using  your virtual card like you would with a credit card.

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Each virtual card you create will have a unique 16-digit card number, expiry date and security number (usually referred to as the CVV/CVC or “last three digits” on the back of the card).

The great thing about this virtual card is that, even when you have loaded too much money on your card, the remaining balance will then be credited to your 1-2-Pay-Online profile, for you to use the next time you  register for a card.

Now there’s no more worry about overspend, with 1-2-Pay-Online, online shopping is as easy as 1-2 -(3)!

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Since the South American country of Brazil was announced as winning the bid to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a massive build-up towards the event could be felt across the world.

This news has set a whole bunch of planning and literally, the ball rolling as the country prepared for a stadium and thousands of football fanatics around the world started saving towards their “take me to Brazil” fund to witness the men in studded boots in action.

Well, if you aren’t as organised or, like me, are a fan of football, but not the type to fly to another country to watch it, you might be in luck.

While driving to work, I was intrigued hearing a radio advert about Visa’s latest promotion to win double tickets to see all the studded action, the nail biting thrills and of course all the hunky football players for the ladies at the final match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

This got me thinking, maybe I should enter, especially considering that this way my year of being competition crazy.

Although terms and conditions apply, all it takes to enter and to perhaps board a flight for you and a friend, partner or football fanatic is to swipe your Visa Cheque Card every time you spend.

Enter simply by swiping your Visa card, so the more you swipe, the better your chances at securing your seats for two at Brazil’s event of the year. The competition is valid from 14 February 2014 – 13 April 2014.

Once you’ve made your purchases, visit the Visa website’s promotion page and fill out your entry to seal the deal.

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So whether you have been saving towards the FIFA World Cup or not, you can put away your savings jar for a while and concentrate on pulling out your wallet or purse, grabbing your Visa Cheque Card and swiping it each chance you get!

I know I’ll be trying my luck to stand a chance at winning, in the spirit of all things football, who knows? I may just score.

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Known as one of the smartest and effective marketing and advertising tools of this day and age, Google AdWords is all about getting who you are out there to the internet crazed world.

Now you can expand your AdWords reach even further with Visa, who are giving away R600 towards your AdWords Campaign if you pay for your Google AdWords subscription by swiping your Visa Commercial card.

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Valid until 30 March this year,  become advertising savvy with Google AdWords and let Visa help you. With Google AdWords, unlock your world to advertising ease, letting your words take you places.

However, with this competition, you’re basically killing two birds with one stone (or in this case, card). How it works is as follows:

In order too redeem this offer and earn an extra R600 towards your Google AdWords campaign as well as receiving a free phone consultation with Visa’s AdWords experts, call 0800 000 5630 and quote “VisaC913”.

Remember to pay using your Visa Commercial card.

Now’s your chance to get the word out there about your company, business, product or whatever it may be and to score extra credits at it too.

Visa’s terms and conditions do apply to this promotion and the competition is only open to South African entrants.

So, what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose but a whole lot of words to add.

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The beginning of the year always seems like a time when people flock to the gym in an effort to burn off the extra calories gained over the holidays and also to become more fit. Even apart from this, it seems to be the time of the year when there’s an influx of various fun runs, marathons, challenges and fitness programs.

I have one friend who is very fond of this time of the year, particularly because he is somewhat of a fitness freak.

From registering for nearly every marathon, to preparing months in advance, he definitely is one determined guy, set on his fitness goals.

While browsing the internet I came across the Sportsmans Warehouse website which informed me of their online gift card purchases, which I was totally unaware of.

Immediately, I thought this would be a great way of getting a gift (which he could choose for himself) for my friend for one of his races, especially because we now live in different cities.

All I had to do was to visit the Sportsmans Warehouse website to register for an online gift card which would automatically be sent to my friend, simply by filling in this online form.sportsmans formAfter I had chosen the amount of the gift card, which ranged between R100 and R1000, I specified my friend’s details and added the gift card to my cart like a product. Payments can be made using MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards which are registered with any South African bank. EFT payments are also accepted.

Once I checked out and my payment was confirmed, the voucher was sent to his email address. So when my friend wanted to make his purchase at a Sportsmans Warehouse in his city, all he had to do was to present the emailed gift card to the cashier to be redeemed.

SMS or Email vouchers such as these presented by Sportsmans Warehouse are a great way of reducing the risk of loss or theft by not having physical vouchers.

Now purchasing vouchers for my fitness fanatic friends, both near and far, has become as simple as a few clicks.

*Please note that the Sportsmans Warehouse gift cards are currently only redeemable in their stores and are not valid for online purchases.

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With the slogan, “Get Prepaid Anywhere”, the PayPal Here app and card reader is the new quick, easy and convenient way of accepting card transactions, without having to actually go to the shop or point of sale. Available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices only, getting the free app and ordering the free card reader from the app is as simple as a click away. Pay no monthly fees or extra costs, only transaction costs for every swipe or manual transaction.

Steps to use PayPal Here:

  • Launch the PayPal Here App at www.paypal.com and the PayPal Here card reader to accept any kind of payment anywhere
  • Set up your account to fit the way you do business. PayPal Here gives you complete control over how you display business information to the public, itemize sales information, calculate sales tax, offer discounts, accept tips, and add users to your account.
  • Accept payments with PayPal Here which lets you accept payments by credit card, PayPal, cheque, record cash payments, or invoice and makes it easy to issue fast, accurate refunds. For step by step information as to how to do so, visit here
  • There’s a lot more to running a business than accepting payments. PayPal Here helps you stay on top of everything by automatically tracking your sales history and giving you an easy way to move money around. From reviewing your sales history to transferring funds, PayPal Here lets you do it

 Pro’s:

  • PayPal Here has a troubleshooting option which allows you to always have a point of reference when needing any assistance
  • The app is compatible with most iOS and Android devices and accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards
  • With the PayPal Here app and card reader, accept any kind of payment, including credit, debit, cheque and other payments on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device and never miss out on a sales opportunity
  • The PayPal Here site is easy to use and gives step by step details on how to set up the app and how to start using PayPal Here
  • As a merchant, let your employees collect payments on your behalf as PayPal Here allows you to manage multiple accounts, so payment becomes even easier if you’re running a franchise of chain of businesses
  • PayPal Here uses a fully encrypted card reader and is backed by world-class risk management and 24/7 fraud protection.
  • The app and card reader are easy and convenient to use

Con’s:

  • Cheque payments can only be accepted on iPhone and Android devices
  • Using the app, a 2.7% transaction fee is charged on all US cards for swipe transactions or 3.5% for non swipe transactions (manual payments) and an additional 1% transaction fee is charged to all non-US cards