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This is part two of my post here.
And no, I am not paid to do this post. I am just amazed at this discovery and want to share it with you.
Before I begin, let me reiterate the difference between a prepaid card and a debit card. First, while you can use both cards for physical transactions, you can’t use debit cards online (at least in my experience!). Usually, in online transactions, when they ask for credit card details, you can’t input your debit card details. (An example is GoDaddy.)
Second, you can’t withdraw your money from this prepaid card. So when you decide to get this, make sure you only deposit your “extra” cash.
Application for BPI More Fun Prepaid Card
Anyway, here’s what I did to apply. I just stumbled upon it one night when I was looking for a credit card to use for international transactions because I was planning to slowly buy homeschooling stuff. When I finally saw this, I just went to BPI’s More Fun website.
Next, after reading the FAQs and everything I need to know about the card, I clicked on “Apply Now.”
A gallery of cards will appear. You can choose one from the given designs OR you ca do what I did and upload your own photo – which is, of course, more fun.
I don’t have a screenshot of a personalized photo, so let’s assume you wanted the Tarsier one.
A social media sharing option will appear next; you don’t have to do that. Click “Continue.”
A very short application form containing your name and email address should appear. Fill it in.
Then, another longer application form containing your details should appear. Also fill it in.
And you’re done! After finishing all of the forms, you will now only have to wait for BPI’s email to tell you that your card is already done and ready to be claimed at your designated branch. It took me around 3 weeks to wait, but I’m not sure if that’s the usual waiting time because I applied for my card in the middle of Christmas season.
Claiming the BPI More Fun Prepaid Card
After receiving the email, you have to pick the card up for, I think, 5-10 days (it depends on your location; please read the email carefully for instructions). The email will contain the requirements you need to bring upon claiming. Here they are:
- P250 opening fee
- Valid IDs
- A printout of the Purchase Agreement form, which is attached in the email
Before going to the branch, fill the form in.
In my case, I went to the Abreeza branch on a Saturday, which was a wrong move because the branch was packed with people. Nevertheless, we waited. Finally, after 2 hours, I was called. I immediately submitted the printed and filled-in form and my IDs. Actually, the email asked for only one valid ID, but I brought all of my valid IDs anyway.
The teller would check all of those documents and will make you sign the Purchase Agreement (you can’t sign it beforehand; you need to sign it in front of the bank employee). Then, you’ll pay the opening fee and she will hand you the card over.
And congratulations, you’re done!
For more questions, don’t hesitate to comment or send me a message.
This post was originally written in January 2015.
As of now, I have already used my BPI More Fun Prepaid Card several times, including a couple of times with GoDaddy and one time with Photobook Philippines. I’ve also connected it to my PayPal account and used it to re-verify my account. It’s fail-proof and the best part is that I don’t have to think of debts to pay!