Monday, April 19, 2010

Roam Data Mobile Service Primed to Ring in the Customers

35 Organizations Reselling Roam Data Mobile Service

PaymentsSource  |  Monday, April 19, 2010



Interest in Roam Data Inc.'s mobile-payment service appears to be high among independent sales organizations. Most of Roam Data's 35 resellers are ISOs, says Will Graylin, founder and CEO of Boston-based Roam Data



Roam Data also has agreements with Atlanta-based First Data Corp., Dallas-based Chase Paymentech LLC and Palm Desert (Calif.) National Bank, among others. First Data and Chase Paymentech resell Roam Data's services under their brand names, Graylin tells PaymentsSource. Graylin would not say how many merchants are using the service.



POS-terminal maker Ingenico SA, a minority investor in Roam Data, demonstrated the RoamPlayer technology at last week's Electronic Transactions Association Annual Meeting and Expo in Las Vegas.



During the conference, Ingenico representatives displayed a card reader, developed by HomeATM ePayment Solutions, that plugs into the audio jack of many smartphones, enabling card-present transactions.



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Roam Data Mobile Service Primed to Ring in the Customers

35 Organizations Reselling Roam Data Mobile Service

PaymentsSource  |  Monday, April 19, 2010



Interest in Roam Data Inc.'s mobile-payment service appears to be high among independent sales organizations. Most of Roam Data's 35 resellers are ISOs, says Will Graylin, founder and CEO of Boston-based Roam Data



Roam Data also has agreements with Atlanta-based First Data Corp., Dallas-based Chase Paymentech LLC and Palm Desert (Calif.) National Bank, among others. First Data and Chase Paymentech resell Roam Data's services under their brand names, Graylin tells PaymentsSource. Graylin would not say how many merchants are using the service.



POS-terminal maker Ingenico SA, a minority investor in Roam Data, demonstrated the RoamPlayer technology at last week's Electronic Transactions Association Annual Meeting and Expo in Las Vegas.



During the conference, Ingenico representatives displayed a card reader, developed by HomeATM ePayment Solutions, that plugs into the audio jack of many smartphones, enabling card-present transactions.



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Nominations Open for Smart Card Alliance 2010 OSCA Awards



PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ, April 19, 2010 – The Smart Card Alliance today opened nominations for its prestigious “Outstanding Smart Card Achievement” (OSCA) awards, announcing two new categories honoring innovative products and services in payments and security markets.  The 2010 OSCA awards will be presented during the Smart Card Alliance 2010 Annual Conference, May 17th through the 20th at the Camelback Marriott Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. 


“North America has been leading the smart card industry in recent years, with some of the most exciting new innovations for payments and security being developed, piloted and deployed in this region,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.  “With the OSCAs, we recognize those companies and individuals that have been vital to these achievements, and showcase them to the world.”


All specific criteria for each award, as well as eligibility requirements and nomination forms, can be found on the Smart Card Alliance OSCA award Web site.  All nominations must be received by April 26, 2010.  Nominations are open in four award categories – three for organizations and one for an individual:


  • Outstanding Issuing Organization Award.  This award will be presented to an organization that is issuing smart card technology to its internal clients or external customers for their use in North America.

  • Outstanding Innovation in Payments Technology Award.  This award will go to an innovative new, or existing payments-related product or service using smart card technology for use in a payments application. 

  • Outstanding Innovation in Security Technology Award.  This award will go to an innovative new, or existing security-related product or service using smart card technology for use in an identification, authentication, or access security application.

  • Outstanding Individual Leadership Award.  This award will be presented to an individual who stands out for his or her individual contributions to the smart card industry in North America based on a professional record of leadership, vision, support and commitment to the smart card industry.

A judging panel, consisting of North American smart card industry suppliers and end-users along with individuals from the analyst and media communities, will review all qualified OSCA applications and select three finalists in each category based on the nominee’s merits and qualities outlined in the applications.  The judging panel will apply a score for each nominee that will rank the three finalists in each category and the combined results will determine the winner, the runner-up, and the honorable mention award winners for 2010. 


The 2010 OSCA winners will be announced at the Smart Card Alliance Gala Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 18th at the Camelback Marriott Hotel in Scottsdale.  The 2009 OSCA Award winners are on the Smart Card Alliance Web site.


The Smart Card Alliance 2010 Annual Conference will address “Smart Cards in Action,” focusing on the issuers and users of smart card technology in payments, security, and mobile markets.  Further information about the conference, with links to event information and registration web site containing the complete agenda, list of exhibitors and registered attendees to date, and full registration details are available on the Smart Card Alliance Web site.   


About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. 


Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought.  The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America.  For more information please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org.


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RTG Ventures Announces Joint Venture With International Financial Systems Ltd

The City of London


NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) -  RTGV (OTCBBRTGV): RTG Ventures has announced a joint venture (JV) with London-based International Financial Systems Limited (IFS) that will develop and roll out the iPayu mobile payments technology. The joint venture will officially launch on May 31st and will combine the technical, banking and payments expertise of IFS with the sales, marketing and operations muscle of RTG Ventures.



IFS invented the iPayu platform and RTG Ventures had an existing agreement to license the technology to roll out and embed into its portfolio of products. This agreement sees both sides making a larger commitment to support continuing development of the intellectual property rights and enables the new joint venture to exploit opportunities faster.

Dominic Hawes-Fairley, President of RTG Ventures, said: "This is a really important development and will ensure that we can bring much more competitive and robust products to market. While we would have been able to operate just fine under the old licensing agreement, we were really keen to tie in the visionary technical and professional ability of the team at International Financial Systems and there's no better way of doing that than working on it as a joint project. This deal expands our capability and really adds weight to our ability to deliver.
"We have a clear road map for rolling out the technology and we've got a strategy that sees the JV earning revenues as fast as possible. We believe this technology has the power to change the way that many people exchange value and now that we're developing the solution in tandem with the inventors, we can ensure that our products are that much more compelling."
International Financial Systems was formed in 1979 and for more than two decades has specialized in providing software solutions, services and equipment to Wholesale Banks, Retail Banks, Internet Banks, Community Banks, Credit Unions and financial institutions of all types worldwide. With a customer list of over 100 banks ranging from the very largest to the very smallest, its modern banking software reflects the diversity of its customer base and is available in a range of configurations to suit the needs of customers of all sizes. IFS provide Core Banking, Internet banking, Mobile Phone Banking and Compliance solutions.
RTG Ventures is pleased to introduce the key executives at IFS who will be driving the iPayu JV.
Terry DayTerry has over 40 years of experience working exclusively in banking and banking applications software. Terry started his career as a computer programmer with Hill Samuel in 1967 and subsequently has worked both for banks and software houses providing solutions into this market place. Terry was heavily involved in the creation of the MBS package (sold by Arthur Andersen). Before forming International Financial Systems, Terry spent eight years working for a leading European bank where he was Head of International IT responsible for all branches outside of the home country.
Matthew DayMatthew has almost 20 years of knowledge and experience of selling and working in the financial sector having originally started his career as an FX trader in the City of London. Matthew has an in depth knowledge of the IFS product range with a particular emphasis on compliance. He also has as an unbridled enthusiasm for new customer delivery channels such as iPayu.
Hawes-Fairley concluded: "Joint ventures are a highly attractive way for RTG Ventures to address certain markets and technologies. They allow us to strike markets with maximum speed, with expert resource and with a predefined amount of capital investment. For months now, we've been talking about operating a lean and flexible model and this kind of agreement illustrates exactly how we're going to achieve that."
About RTG Ventures Inc.
RTG Ventures Inc., is an online media and electronic payment systems provider with an aggressive business model to grow unique and highly profitable consumer and business services both by organic growth of current assets and by acquisition. RTGV is targeting niche markets in the areas of Web-TV with embedded internet and mobile payment solutions. World-leading exclusive multicasting technology underpins RTGV's broadcast platforms making them very scalable for Video on Demand (VOD), linear broadcasting and live broadcasts. Two media platforms are being developed, while payment systems divisions will provide cutting-edge credit, debit, and e-cash payment services to e-commerce and mobile commerce merchants offering significant savings over current payment methods. Through embedding its payment solutions seamlessly into its online media broadcasting platforms will create a clear differentiation and advantage for our Company over other broadcast platforms, allowing its customer to monetize digital assets with no further integration of financial systems. Furthermore, through its retail sales channel, BMC, RTGV will be able to brand and productize its media offerings for sale through traditional retail outlets. RTGV's strategy for each initiative is to maximize ROI for all stakeholders. For RTGV's available Due Diligence, visit our website at:http://www.rtgventures.com/


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Nominations Open for Smart Card Alliance 2010 OSCA Awards



PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ, April 19, 2010 – The Smart Card Alliance today opened nominations for its prestigious “Outstanding Smart Card Achievement” (OSCA) awards, announcing two new categories honoring innovative products and services in payments and security markets.  The 2010 OSCA awards will be presented during the Smart Card Alliance 2010 Annual Conference, May 17th through the 20th at the Camelback Marriott Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. 


“North America has been leading the smart card industry in recent years, with some of the most exciting new innovations for payments and security being developed, piloted and deployed in this region,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.  “With the OSCAs, we recognize those companies and individuals that have been vital to these achievements, and showcase them to the world.”


All specific criteria for each award, as well as eligibility requirements and nomination forms, can be found on the Smart Card Alliance OSCA award Web site.  All nominations must be received by April 26, 2010.  Nominations are open in four award categories – three for organizations and one for an individual:


  • Outstanding Issuing Organization Award.  This award will be presented to an organization that is issuing smart card technology to its internal clients or external customers for their use in North America.

  • Outstanding Innovation in Payments Technology Award.  This award will go to an innovative new, or existing payments-related product or service using smart card technology for use in a payments application. 

  • Outstanding Innovation in Security Technology Award.  This award will go to an innovative new, or existing security-related product or service using smart card technology for use in an identification, authentication, or access security application.

  • Outstanding Individual Leadership Award.  This award will be presented to an individual who stands out for his or her individual contributions to the smart card industry in North America based on a professional record of leadership, vision, support and commitment to the smart card industry.

A judging panel, consisting of North American smart card industry suppliers and end-users along with individuals from the analyst and media communities, will review all qualified OSCA applications and select three finalists in each category based on the nominee’s merits and qualities outlined in the applications.  The judging panel will apply a score for each nominee that will rank the three finalists in each category and the combined results will determine the winner, the runner-up, and the honorable mention award winners for 2010. 


The 2010 OSCA winners will be announced at the Smart Card Alliance Gala Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 18th at the Camelback Marriott Hotel in Scottsdale.  The 2009 OSCA Award winners are on the Smart Card Alliance Web site.


The Smart Card Alliance 2010 Annual Conference will address “Smart Cards in Action,” focusing on the issuers and users of smart card technology in payments, security, and mobile markets.  Further information about the conference, with links to event information and registration web site containing the complete agenda, list of exhibitors and registered attendees to date, and full registration details are available on the Smart Card Alliance Web site.   


About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. 


Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought.  The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America.  For more information please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org.


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RTG Ventures Announces Joint Venture With International Financial Systems Ltd

The City of London


NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) -  RTGV (OTCBBRTGV): RTG Ventures has announced a joint venture (JV) with London-based International Financial Systems Limited (IFS) that will develop and roll out the iPayu mobile payments technology. The joint venture will officially launch on May 31st and will combine the technical, banking and payments expertise of IFS with the sales, marketing and operations muscle of RTG Ventures.



IFS invented the iPayu platform and RTG Ventures had an existing agreement to license the technology to roll out and embed into its portfolio of products. This agreement sees both sides making a larger commitment to support continuing development of the intellectual property rights and enables the new joint venture to exploit opportunities faster.

Dominic Hawes-Fairley, President of RTG Ventures, said: "This is a really important development and will ensure that we can bring much more competitive and robust products to market. While we would have been able to operate just fine under the old licensing agreement, we were really keen to tie in the visionary technical and professional ability of the team at International Financial Systems and there's no better way of doing that than working on it as a joint project. This deal expands our capability and really adds weight to our ability to deliver.
"We have a clear road map for rolling out the technology and we've got a strategy that sees the JV earning revenues as fast as possible. We believe this technology has the power to change the way that many people exchange value and now that we're developing the solution in tandem with the inventors, we can ensure that our products are that much more compelling."
International Financial Systems was formed in 1979 and for more than two decades has specialized in providing software solutions, services and equipment to Wholesale Banks, Retail Banks, Internet Banks, Community Banks, Credit Unions and financial institutions of all types worldwide. With a customer list of over 100 banks ranging from the very largest to the very smallest, its modern banking software reflects the diversity of its customer base and is available in a range of configurations to suit the needs of customers of all sizes. IFS provide Core Banking, Internet banking, Mobile Phone Banking and Compliance solutions.
RTG Ventures is pleased to introduce the key executives at IFS who will be driving the iPayu JV.
Terry DayTerry has over 40 years of experience working exclusively in banking and banking applications software. Terry started his career as a computer programmer with Hill Samuel in 1967 and subsequently has worked both for banks and software houses providing solutions into this market place. Terry was heavily involved in the creation of the MBS package (sold by Arthur Andersen). Before forming International Financial Systems, Terry spent eight years working for a leading European bank where he was Head of International IT responsible for all branches outside of the home country.
Matthew DayMatthew has almost 20 years of knowledge and experience of selling and working in the financial sector having originally started his career as an FX trader in the City of London. Matthew has an in depth knowledge of the IFS product range with a particular emphasis on compliance. He also has as an unbridled enthusiasm for new customer delivery channels such as iPayu.
Hawes-Fairley concluded: "Joint ventures are a highly attractive way for RTG Ventures to address certain markets and technologies. They allow us to strike markets with maximum speed, with expert resource and with a predefined amount of capital investment. For months now, we've been talking about operating a lean and flexible model and this kind of agreement illustrates exactly how we're going to achieve that."
About RTG Ventures Inc.
RTG Ventures Inc., is an online media and electronic payment systems provider with an aggressive business model to grow unique and highly profitable consumer and business services both by organic growth of current assets and by acquisition. RTGV is targeting niche markets in the areas of Web-TV with embedded internet and mobile payment solutions. World-leading exclusive multicasting technology underpins RTGV's broadcast platforms making them very scalable for Video on Demand (VOD), linear broadcasting and live broadcasts. Two media platforms are being developed, while payment systems divisions will provide cutting-edge credit, debit, and e-cash payment services to e-commerce and mobile commerce merchants offering significant savings over current payment methods. Through embedding its payment solutions seamlessly into its online media broadcasting platforms will create a clear differentiation and advantage for our Company over other broadcast platforms, allowing its customer to monetize digital assets with no further integration of financial systems. Furthermore, through its retail sales channel, BMC, RTGV will be able to brand and productize its media offerings for sale through traditional retail outlets. RTGV's strategy for each initiative is to maximize ROI for all stakeholders. For RTGV's available Due Diligence, visit our website at:http://www.rtgventures.com/


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Visa's PIN Debit Interchange Hike Causes Stir

The logo of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).
Last week, Visa raised it's PIN Debit Interchange Rates by 30% and surprise!...the market is not happy about it.  Seems to me this move by Visa will further energize the already growing movement to get Capitol Hill involved with introducing some type of Interchange Fee regulation.  




Supermarkets Call for Interchange Swipe Fee Reform

April 19, 2010

Interchange fees for PIN debit cards on the Visa network increased last week, and food retailers aren't happy.



"It is unacceptable that Visa continues to increase fees at a time when our country needs to protect the hardworking Americans who provide jobs in our communities," said Food Marketing Institute (FMI) president and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin. "Swipe fees are hurting small independent businesses and grocers the most because they pay some of the highest rates and have no choice about whether or not to accept debit cards to remain competitive."


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FMI Speaks Out on Visa Swipe Fee Hike 

April 18, 2010 - ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) recently criticized a new hike in he interchange fees Visa chargers merchants for PIN debit transactions.



The organization noted that Visa will increase its interchange fee nearly 30 percent for its Interlink network, which handles the personal identification number (PIN) debit charges.


"It is unacceptable that Visa continues to increase fees at a time when our country needs to protect the hardworking Americans who provide jobs in our communities," Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer at FMI, said in a statement. "Swipe fees are hurting small independent businesses and grocers the most because they pay some of the highest rates and have no choice about whether or not to accept debit cards to remain competitive."


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Visa's PIN Debit Interchange Hike Causes Stir

The logo of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).
Last week, Visa raised it's PIN Debit Interchange Rates by 30% and surprise!...the market is not happy about it.  Seems to me this move by Visa will further energize the already growing movement to get Capitol Hill involved with introducing some type of Interchange Fee regulation.  




Supermarkets Call for Interchange Swipe Fee Reform

April 19, 2010

Interchange fees for PIN debit cards on the Visa network increased last week, and food retailers aren't happy.



"It is unacceptable that Visa continues to increase fees at a time when our country needs to protect the hardworking Americans who provide jobs in our communities," said Food Marketing Institute (FMI) president and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin. "Swipe fees are hurting small independent businesses and grocers the most because they pay some of the highest rates and have no choice about whether or not to accept debit cards to remain competitive."


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FMI Speaks Out on Visa Swipe Fee Hike 

April 18, 2010 - ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) recently criticized a new hike in he interchange fees Visa chargers merchants for PIN debit transactions.



The organization noted that Visa will increase its interchange fee nearly 30 percent for its Interlink network, which handles the personal identification number (PIN) debit charges.


"It is unacceptable that Visa continues to increase fees at a time when our country needs to protect the hardworking Americans who provide jobs in our communities," Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer at FMI, said in a statement. "Swipe fees are hurting small independent businesses and grocers the most because they pay some of the highest rates and have no choice about whether or not to accept debit cards to remain competitive."


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College Students Save Money, Earn Rewards with New Campus Dough Debit Card



http://www.campusdough.com
Card Combines Exceptional Discounts on Everyday Items; Mobile, Online Tools Also Help to Manage Students’ Finances
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. & BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Campus Dough DebitSmart™ Visa® Prepaid Card, the newest solution for improving college student money management, is here.
“Campus Dough also allows students to use mobile and online banking as well as easy money management tools that include automatic spending alerts via text messages.”
The reloadable card is a first in several ways for students and parents: It offers clarity with transparently disclosed fees that are less than virtually any other similar card; it provides outstanding, five to 60 percent discounts at thousands of collegians’ favorite places – more than any other card; it arms students and their families with online and mobile money management tools and online banking for better control of their finances.
“Today, college students and their parents face mounting financial pressures and money management challenges,” commented Sarah Schupp, CEO of University Parent Media, the co-sponsor of the card. “So we created Campus Dough as a solution to help alleviate these concerns. The card does not have the penalties of a traditional card, and it helps students avoid other fees such as overdrafts on banking accounts.
“Campus Dough also allows students to use mobile and online banking as well as easy money management tools that include automatic spending alerts via text messages.”
A leading resource for parents of students at nearly 120 colleges and universities, University Parent Media teamed with StorValue, the industry leader of co-branded and rewards-based prepaid cards, and issuer MetaBank™, to issue Campus Dough. The complete list of Campus Dough card fees and benefits is available at www.campusdough.com. Unlike credit cards, there is no credit application. All U.S. residents, resident aliens, and those in possession of a Matricula Consular are eligible for the Campus Dough card.
University Parent Media recently conducted an informal, qualitative online survey revealing that half of the respondents were not aware that the 2010 Credit CARD Act increased the difficulty for those under 21 to get a credit card without a parent or guardian co-signer. More than one half of the respondents were hopeful that a debit card could help them to better manage their finances than a credit card.
“Designing the optimal program for college students and their parents required that we listen to their feedback on card safety, convenience, fees and discounts,” added Thomas Borzilleri, CEO of StorValue. “We also had to educate families that our new generation of prepaid debit cards is for everyone because not only does it offer one-of-a-kind rewards and discounts, but with online bill-pay and ATM services, it eliminates the need for many people – including students - to maintain a checking account. These are the kind of features that consumers should demand from their prepaid debit card and Campus Dough delivers them.”
Additional Campus Dough card discounts and deals will be available on Facebook and Twitter, so individuals should sign up as Fans at www.facebook.com/CampusDough and Followers atwww.twitter.com/CampusDough for both special offers and news. The Campus Dough GET CLOUT campaign is coming soon, offering new cardholders exciting rewards and specials.
About University Parent Media™
University Parent Media, based in Boulder, Colo., produces print and online guides for parents of students in partnership with nearly 120 universities and colleges in 34 states. Each University Parent Guide offers institution-specific information on college orientation, parent programs, admissions, financial planning, health and safety, off-campus housing and much more. Visitwww.universityparent.com. Follow on Twitter @4collegeparents and join Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/collegeparents.
About StorValue™
StorValue™ is the country’s fastest-growing program manager and distributor of branded stored value prepaid debit cards. Emerging as the industry leader in providing rewards-based and loyalty-branded card solutions, its programs deliver unmatched benefits, features, and resources to a wide variety of businesses and consumers. StorValue’s™ cards provide security, convenience, and value-added benefits to cardholders, while allowing sponsoring businesses and organizations to provide a vital and engaging service to their stakeholders. For more information, please visithttp://www.storvalue.com or call 877-481-9333 ext 101.
About MetaBank™
MetaBank is a federally-chartered savings bank regulated by the Office of Thrift Supervision. Meta Financial Group, Inc.® is the holding company for MetaBank, Meta Payment Systems®, and Meta Trust Company®. For more information visit www.metacash.com.

Contacts

University Parent Media

Jerry W. Lewis, 303-875-7547

or

StorValue

CorpCommunicators

Linda Press, 310-877-6145
Permalink: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100419006554/en/College-Students-Save-Money-Earn-Rewards-Campus

College Students Save Money, Earn Rewards with New Campus Dough Debit Card



http://www.campusdough.com
Card Combines Exceptional Discounts on Everyday Items; Mobile, Online Tools Also Help to Manage Students’ Finances
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. & BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Campus Dough DebitSmart™ Visa® Prepaid Card, the newest solution for improving college student money management, is here.
“Campus Dough also allows students to use mobile and online banking as well as easy money management tools that include automatic spending alerts via text messages.”
The reloadable card is a first in several ways for students and parents: It offers clarity with transparently disclosed fees that are less than virtually any other similar card; it provides outstanding, five to 60 percent discounts at thousands of collegians’ favorite places – more than any other card; it arms students and their families with online and mobile money management tools and online banking for better control of their finances.
“Today, college students and their parents face mounting financial pressures and money management challenges,” commented Sarah Schupp, CEO of University Parent Media, the co-sponsor of the card. “So we created Campus Dough as a solution to help alleviate these concerns. The card does not have the penalties of a traditional card, and it helps students avoid other fees such as overdrafts on banking accounts.
“Campus Dough also allows students to use mobile and online banking as well as easy money management tools that include automatic spending alerts via text messages.”
A leading resource for parents of students at nearly 120 colleges and universities, University Parent Media teamed with StorValue, the industry leader of co-branded and rewards-based prepaid cards, and issuer MetaBank™, to issue Campus Dough. The complete list of Campus Dough card fees and benefits is available at www.campusdough.com. Unlike credit cards, there is no credit application. All U.S. residents, resident aliens, and those in possession of a Matricula Consular are eligible for the Campus Dough card.
University Parent Media recently conducted an informal, qualitative online survey revealing that half of the respondents were not aware that the 2010 Credit CARD Act increased the difficulty for those under 21 to get a credit card without a parent or guardian co-signer. More than one half of the respondents were hopeful that a debit card could help them to better manage their finances than a credit card.
“Designing the optimal program for college students and their parents required that we listen to their feedback on card safety, convenience, fees and discounts,” added Thomas Borzilleri, CEO of StorValue. “We also had to educate families that our new generation of prepaid debit cards is for everyone because not only does it offer one-of-a-kind rewards and discounts, but with online bill-pay and ATM services, it eliminates the need for many people – including students - to maintain a checking account. These are the kind of features that consumers should demand from their prepaid debit card and Campus Dough delivers them.”
Additional Campus Dough card discounts and deals will be available on Facebook and Twitter, so individuals should sign up as Fans at www.facebook.com/CampusDough and Followers atwww.twitter.com/CampusDough for both special offers and news. The Campus Dough GET CLOUT campaign is coming soon, offering new cardholders exciting rewards and specials.
About University Parent Media™
University Parent Media, based in Boulder, Colo., produces print and online guides for parents of students in partnership with nearly 120 universities and colleges in 34 states. Each University Parent Guide offers institution-specific information on college orientation, parent programs, admissions, financial planning, health and safety, off-campus housing and much more. Visitwww.universityparent.com. Follow on Twitter @4collegeparents and join Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/collegeparents.
About StorValue™
StorValue™ is the country’s fastest-growing program manager and distributor of branded stored value prepaid debit cards. Emerging as the industry leader in providing rewards-based and loyalty-branded card solutions, its programs deliver unmatched benefits, features, and resources to a wide variety of businesses and consumers. StorValue’s™ cards provide security, convenience, and value-added benefits to cardholders, while allowing sponsoring businesses and organizations to provide a vital and engaging service to their stakeholders. For more information, please visithttp://www.storvalue.com or call 877-481-9333 ext 101.
About MetaBank™
MetaBank is a federally-chartered savings bank regulated by the Office of Thrift Supervision. Meta Financial Group, Inc.® is the holding company for MetaBank, Meta Payment Systems®, and Meta Trust Company®. For more information visit www.metacash.com.

Contacts

University Parent Media

Jerry W. Lewis, 303-875-7547

or

StorValue

CorpCommunicators

Linda Press, 310-877-6145
Permalink: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100419006554/en/College-Students-Save-Money-Earn-Rewards-Campus

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