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Paymobile Visa Card Gets Texting.

Posted: March 13, 2012 in Commerce

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Paymobile Visa customers will soon be able to keep tabs on their credit card account via text messaging. By employing a text messaging Short Code, customers can text in to download mini statements and get card activity flash alerts.  The service will also accommodate instant cash top up – allowing customers to reload credit on to their Visa card by sending in a secure text message.

Paymobile.com, a provider of prepaid credit card solutions, has selected Magnet Mobile Media’s m3 mobile content platform to power SMS banking services. Paymobile.com customers will be able to use Short Code SMS to keep track of their account status, card activity and automatically reload cash on to their credit card.

Transactions company, SelectCore will soon enable Canadians to load cash on to their Visa or MasterCard® via SMS. The new service, called TopUps, will employ Short Code SMS. This will enable the service to be available on any mobile device and on any mobile network in Canada.

It can take up to 3 days to reload and wait for cash to clear on some credit cards. This process can be even longer over weekends and holidays. The TopUps SMS service will enable cash to be reloaded in just a few seconds with the service being available to consumers 24/7.

Top Up Credit Cards by Text Message.

Posted: November 23, 2010 in Commerce, Retail

Prepaid credit cards have become increasingly popular of late.  A downside to using a prepaid card has been the time lag to load cash in to your account. But soon, Iridium MasterCard®, operated by SelectCore,  will rapidly speed up the card top up process via a new text message service.

The SMS top-up service will enable card customers to add credit to their card account in just seconds. Customers will be able to top up any cash amount by sending in a secured text message. Within seconds the user will receive a confirmation SMS showing their new account balance.

Mobile banking features already let account holders bank better. Card holders can text in keywords to receive on mobile mini-statements and they can receive real-time “card activity” alerts.  The latter is great for peace of mind should you travel a lot with your card.


Questrade, Canada’s fastest growing online stock broker is using text messaging to push customers to its mobile web portal.

By texting NO BULL to 288288 customers are able to receive a mobile message with a clickable link to the Questrade mobile website.

Typing in a mobile web URL or having to navigate your phone company home page can often be a cumbersome exercise.  Using an SMS call to action enables the phone user to connect instantly to a brands mobile website.

Standard message and data rates may apply when using SMS and the mobile web.

American Express and Toronto’s 104.5 FM are giving listeners the chance to win 2 tickets to see the rocktastic musical – “Rock of Ages”, now playing at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.

The prize is courtesy of Front of the Line by American Express. “Front of the Line” is a new service that enables American Express card holders to get advanced access to tickets before they go on general sale.

For a chance to win: simply tune in to CHUM 104.5 FM weekdays at 9AM ET. Listen out for the word of the day and text the WORD to 104536.  A $0.50 network fee does apply per entry.

Iridium MasterCard®, a prepaid credit card, has launched a new SMS service that enables its customers to track their credit card activity.

You can text in anytime to view your account balance and you can opt in to get  activity alerts.

Text alerts inform you on card activity to help you bank better. You can be alerted to events such as when your card has been used, when a payment has been posted and when you run into the red.

Future aspirations for the text service is to permit customers to transfer money by SMS. The service is also free to customers but standard network rates will apply should you go over your free text bundle.

Cogeco Revamps Wi-Fi.

Posted: November 14, 2009 in All News, Commerce

Cogeco Inc. Diversified communications company Cogeco Inc. [TSX: CGO ], will be launching a new and improved Wi-Fi service next month. Now it can be a bit of a fiddle trying to get logged in to a Wi-Fi hotspot. Even with an iPhone.  But now there is a new way.  Thankfully the boffins in white coats at Cogeco came up with a smooth and quick solution. By using mobile SMS.

The service allows you to get online faster through the use of text messaging and, by using a premium SMS option, you can charge internet time purchases back to your mobile phone bill.  That is great for me because I hate giving out my credit card information over the telephone or web. (I am sure someone somewhere is buying Afghan hounds and Ferrari’s with my new cloned identity. I digress.)

The service will only be available in Cogeco hot spot areas, where 1 hour’s internet service costs $5 CAD. Not bad value unless your planning on moving in to your local coffee shop.

The new set up runs on Magnet Mobile’s new authorized premium network that is supported by TELUS Mobility, Bell, Rogers Wireless, Fido and Virgin Mobile.

SelectCoreSelectCore, [TSX-V:SCG], a provider of prepaid telecom and prepaid financial services, will use the Magnet Mobile network for it’s new banking SMS service. Consumers, using a prepaid MasterCard, will be instantly notified by text message on their balance each time their credit card is used. Signed up members also have the ability to text in to get account mini statements sent to their mobile device. The service will work on any mobile device on any mobile network in Canada. SelectCore also have plans to extend the service to the USA.