FixYa Opts for a MetaBank Prepaid MasterCard

Product support community FixYa will enable over 250,000 Tech Experts to receive their earnings on a
Payoneer’s reloadable “FixYa Prepaid MasterCard” issued by MetaBank.
FixYa Experts can gain immediate
access to their money worldwide wherever Debit MasterCard is accepted —
avoiding the lack of availability of PayPal in certain countries, and
cash-hold restrictions that make it hard to access funds except for
online transactions. In addition, FixYa Experts can spend or withdraw
funds in their own currency worldwide wherever Debit MasterCard is
accepted without the need for a bank account. An online site
allows Experts to check their card balances and transactions easily at
any time. If a card is ever lost or stolen, Payoneer will cancel the
card and transfer the remaining balance to a new replacement card.
FixYa’s card program, administered by Payoneer, has already received
rave reviews during pilot programs by FixYa Experts both within and
outside the US. Payoneer provides prepaid
debit card and international payments programs for hundreds of
Internet-centric companies in accordance with MasterCard’s strict
security and “Know Your Customer” regulations.

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TSYS Acquiring Solutions Intros MobilePASS

TSYS Acquiring Solutions has introduced its “MobilePASS” payment
application. Allowing merchants to accept and process card payments any
time and anywhere, “MobilePASS” smartphone-based payment application is
focused on providing convenience, enabling merchants to accept and
process card payments while on-the-go as an alternative to wireless
terminals, Interactive Voice Response systems and POS systems. It offers
credit and debit card processing, voids, returns and reporting quickly
from any location. And because data is not stored on the device,
cardholder data is protected in the event that the smartphone is ever
lost or stolen.

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Credit Card Transaction Share to Slip to 23%

The number of checks and electronic transactions for debit cards, credit cards and automatic payments is slated to exceed 100 billion by the end of 2009. With this, credit cards will decrease in percentage of total transactions for the first time in 25 years to account for 23% of transactions. Additional findings show debit cards are to account for 33% of transactions, paper checks are to account for 24% and automatic payments will account for 20%, according to IL-based Moebs economic research firm and projections conducted by Moebs Services with Federal Reserve data from 1979 to 2006. Moebs subsequent implications suggest financial institutions will see reduced overdraft revenue thanks to less paper checks; consumers’ reliance on electronic payments will require improved online security; consumers will require faster, more frequent and more complete and transparent communications from financial institutions; and automated systems will benefit both the customer and financial institutions.

2009 Transactions Type
Debit Card 33%
Paper Check 24%
Credit Card 23%
ACH 20%
Source: MOEBS

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Reliant Energy to Accept MasterCard Payments

With 43% of credit cardholders and 54% of debit cardholders using/considering recurring payments, TX-based Reliant Energy electricity and energy services provider is now accepting MasterCard cards for bill payments from its small and mid-size commercial customers. With this, Reliant Energy is the latest in utility service providers to accept MasterCard card payments from its commercial customers as a means to generate greater operational efficiencies, increase revenue and improve customer satisfaction. This is in addition to electronic payment options the service provider already offers to its residential customer base, including fee-free card-based payments, and allows commercial customers to make one-time payments and recurring payments using a MasterCard. Additional Mastercard findings show 30% would switch to service providers offering recurring payments and, from 2001 to 2008, paper-based payments decreased from 78% to 38% of all bill payments while electronic payments grew from 22 % to 62%, according to Hitachi Consulting.

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Heartland Payment Systems Unveils ConfirmPay

Heartland Payment Systems has launched its “ConfirmPay” integrated
payments portal and healthcare eligibility verification system. Powered
by TransEngen, “ConfirmPay” allows healthcare providers to confirm
patient insurance eligibility and payment responsibility at the point of
care to enable healthcare providers to better manage patient receivables
and cash flow. It also streamlines workflow with less time spent
verifying a patient’s eligibility through its web-based portal, through
which personnel can retrieve remaining deductible balances, co-pay and
co-insurance amounts. “ConfirmPay” processes all electronic payments
including ACH, credit/debit cards and paper checks by converting them to
electronic fund transfers.

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Global Payments Inks Four Casono Deals

Gaming cash provider Global Payments has entered into agreements to provide MI-based FireKeepers Casino,
MN-based Fortune Bay Resort Casino, RI-based Twin River
Casino and NY-based Mohawk Bingo Palace & Casino with its
comprehensive suite of cash access products. These casinos have signed contracts to utilize various “LightSpeed”
products including “VIP Preferred” check-cashing services, “PlayerCash
@dvantage” credit and debit card cash advance services, and “ATM Cash
@dvantage”, which allows gaming patrons to initiate electronic check
transactions at the ATM without casino cage assistance. “VIP LightSpeed” is an Internet-accessible, PC-based platform that
provides cash access services for traditional and electronic check
cashing, ATM check cashing, credit and debit card cash advances and
credit reports. In addition, “VIP LightSpeed” provides high-speed
processing of cash access transactions, reduction of risk associated
with check cashing and cash advance services, and a full spectrum of
management and legal compliance reporting tools.

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Plastyc Introduces the iBankUP Product

Plastyc has introduced its “iBankUP” internet-based money management service to offer a cheaper guide for financial independence. As an online account linked to a prepaid debit card and an online checkbook “iBankUP” provides users a single balance in real time without pending deposits or payments. As an alternative to debit cards, credit cards and checking accounts, the new service provides an up-to-the-minute account balance for all purchase transactions in real time, not when they clear; access from any computer, cell phone or personal Facebook account; allows payment to anyone who prefers paper checks with an online checkbook; to receive direct deposits from employers, transfers from family and friends; and to load cash onto the card at more than 60,000 retailers nationwide.

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ACS Signs S.C. Dept of Social Services

Affiliated Computer Services will manage South Carolina’s
Department of Social Services child support payment processing center.
ACS will work with the state to modernize and centralize its method of
collecting and distributing child support by creating a state
disbursement unit for payment processing and customer care,
expected to handle approximately 3.5 million transactions each year.
Custodial parents will now have the option to receive child support
payments on a debit card, which offers fast, convenient and safe access
to funds and is accepted at thousands of retailers and ATMs. CS will
also provide call center services to respond to general child support
questions. ACS manages 24
electronic payment card programs for state and federal clients,
disbursing government payments and benefits; processes nearly 570
million Medicaid claims each year totaling more than $50 billion in
provider payments; saves state child care programs millions of dollars;
services student loans for more than 11 million borrowers; and
facilitates more than 75 million online searches for unclaimed property
per year.

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Linda Perry Heads to ISTS Worldwide

Retail and payment verticals consultant ISTS Worldwide
have hired Linda S. Perry, previously SVP/Head of US Acquirer and Processor
Sales at Visa as EVP Global Sales & Marketing. At Visa, Perry
established and developed the department that manages Visa’s
relationships with its member-bank acquirers, third-party issuing and
acquiring processors, software vendors, and independent sales organizations.
During her career at Visa she was recognized by Transaction World Magazine as the
2007 “Mover and Shaker” (an award determined by a vote of her peers in
the industry) and in 2008 was featured as an “Industry Leader” by The
Greensheet, another industry publication. Perry is a founder and
Board member of Women Networking in Electronic Transactions (W-net) and
is a member of the ISO and Agent Advisory Board and also served as a member of The Electronic Transaction
Association’s Board of Directors for the past 13 years.

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AmEx Ignites the Charge Card War with Gold

As competition ramps-up, American Express announced the launch of a new charge card that offers the opportunity to earn triple “Membership Rewards” points on airfare purchases, double points on gas and grocery purchases, and one point for all other purchases. The new
“Premier Rewards Gold Card,” which carries a $175 annual fee, enables cardholders to earn 15,000 bonus points when they spend $30,000 per calendar year. The new card is part of American Express’ renewed focus on its “Charge Card” portfolio. The new “Premier Rewards Gold Card” also offers access to special amenities valued at $100 to $150 on virtually any trip from American Express Gold Card Destinations travel partners; a $75 food and beverage credit whenever they book a stay of two or more consecutive nights at more than 500 Starwood properties around the world; a wide variety of exclusive, unique travel and entertainment packages that are updated monthly online; and gold card events, which offers access to advance tickets and premium seating at some of the most sought-after shows and concerts, as well as VIP packages, exclusive tickets to family events.

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RAHAXI PROCESSING

Rahaxi Processing has signed agreements with the Kultajousi jeweller
chain to supply its OTI solution. Rahaxi Processing will provide more
than 60 of the Kultajousi stores in 27 different cities in Finland with
its services. Rahaxi provides mission-critical solutions to the
financial industry worldwide. Working with merchants and acquirers in
more than twenty countries, it has adopted a partnership strategy for
growth while its subsidiaries, including Rahaxi Processing, FreeStar
Technologies Ireland and FreeStar Dominicana Dominican Republic,
continue to develop and implement first class products and solutions
that enhance the service level its partners can offer their customers.

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