MoneyGram allows customers to send money directly to a phone number

13 februarie 2020

MoneyGram International, Inc., a global leader in cross-border P2P payments and money transfers, announced the launch of MoneyGram FastSend™, a new service through which consumers can send money quickly and easily to their friend’s mobile phone number via the MoneyGram website and mobile app.

„The new service, supported by the Visa Direct rails, enables the industry’s fastest transaction times and the most seamless money transfer user experience. In this revolutionary new product, customers can send and receive money in just a couple of clicks.”, according to the press release.

„With the launch of the new FastSend service, sending money is now as easy as sending a text,” said Alex Holmes, MoneyGram Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He added, „FastSend builds on the success of our extremely popular mobile app and will further MoneyGram’s leading position in the evolution of digital P2P payments.”

„To use FastSend, customers simply log in to the MoneyGram app or website, enter the receiver’s name and phone number, and select FastSend. A text is sent to the receiver notifying them that they have funds immediately available for deposit. The receiver then logs in, adds their debit card, and the funds are transferred into their bank account within minutes.”, the company said.

As the name implies, FastSend gives users a fast way to send money by simply sending a text message, without needing to input the receiver’s bank account information.

„It’s also affordable, costing just $1.99 per transaction from debit cards, and offers a $10,000 limit per transaction – a considerably higher amount than similar offerings from other companies.”, MoneyGram added.

„Over the last few years, we’ve invested in our digital business to build a fintech start-up powered by our leading global brand,” said Kamila Chytil, MoneyGram Chief Operating Officer and leader of the company’s digital initiatives. She added, „Our digital business is quickly becoming the leading cross-border P2P payment solution, and we’re excited to launch FastSend to further accelerate our digital growth.”

MoneyGram developed this new service as a continuation of its strategic partnership with Visa and the Visa Direct product. FastSend is currently available for sends within the United States and for sends from the U.S. to Spain. Additional markets are scheduled to go live throughout the year.

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Gabriela Nistor – director general adjunct BT

Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”

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In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale in 2020?