Beam-Mastercard tie-up coverage in Paymnts.com

MasterCard has announced a series of new partnerships at Day Three of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, as the network continues to focus on global expansion, prepaid payments alternatives and mobile commerce. 

In the prepaid space, MasterCard announced a new agreement with Beam: a mobile and electronic wallet that will serve as a “a first-of-its kind, low-cost, MasterCard mobile companion pre-paid card,” and will help facilitate payments for 14 million mWallet customers. 

“There’s an increasing need for electronic payments in markets such as India, where more than 40% of the adult population do not have access to banking services,” said Philip Yen, Group Head, Emerging Payments, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa, MasterCard Worldwide. “The launch of this revolutionary product will not only help bring more Indians into the financial system, but also benefit merchants especially those who currently do not have point-of-sale acceptance, which is roughly around 6 million merchants in India.” 

For complete story, visit: http://www.pymnts.com/briefing-room/commerce-3-0/Mobile-World-Congress-2013/mastercard-focuses-on-mobile-prepaid-and-international-growth/ 

Press Coverage in MediaNama: Mastercard Partners Beam Money To Launch Mobile Wallet Prepaid Cards

February 28, 2013

Mobile payments platform, Beam Money, has partnered with MasterCard Worldwide to launch a prepaid card that will allow Beam’s mobile wallet users to transact at ATMs, physical merchants and online shops.

As part of the agreement, Beam franchisees across the country will be issue prepaid cards from July-August 2013, which will be  linked to the customer’s existing Beam account. Users can then make use of these cards to pay utility bills, make fund transfers, book movie or travel tickets, and also withdraw money from ATMs and Beam franchisees. The deal period or the financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

MasterCard claimed that this prepaid card will be linked to the customer’s existing Beam account in real time and it will automatically sync transactions to the user’s beam account.

Beam currently offers a prepaid mobile wallet which provides services like remote payments, telecom and DTH recharge, rail, air and bus bookings, cinema tickets, utility payments, among others.

The company had claimed to have more than 14 million users in India and claimed to be working with more than 50,000 partners in the country including Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, Idea, MTS, MTNL Delhi and Mumbai, Reliance, Tata Indicom and Tata Docomo, Vodafone, Videocon, Uninor, Tata Sky, Videcon D2H, Airtel Digital, Sun Direct, Reliance Big, and Dish TV. It had also launched a mobile wallet app for the iPhone, called Beam Wallet, which allowed iPhone users to use the Beam Money service on their phones.

Other prepaid payment solution providers in the country include ITZ Cash, Oxigen, Paymate and TranServ Private Limited among others.