Mobile Money

74% of Millennials WU Surveyed Still Use Cash Weekly

Despite what you may have heard, cashiers won’t be asking “Bitcoin or mobile phone?” anytime soon. Even as digital options like mobile wallets and cryptocurrency become part of our vernacular, cash is far from extinction. According to our September 2016 Currency Usage Survey†, 74.4% of American millennials WU surveyed use cash on a weekly basis.   Not only are cash and cards the most commonly used methods of payment, they’re also the preferred methods of payment for more than 90% of ...

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Is Bitcoin a Viable Currency? Interview with David Thompson

Cryptocurrency has exploded in popularity since Bitcoin was invented in 2008. But what exactly is cryptocurrency, and how will it impact the future of society? We caught up with David Thompson, Chief Technology and Information Offer, to find out his thoughts. What is cryptocurrency, and what is it used for? Cryptocurrencies are an electronic form of value used some individuals to transfer value. Think of it as a bag of corn, or silver—a commodity that you can exchange for a ...

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How to Send Money on Viber

Get started by downloading the Viber app. Two billion people are projected to be on messaging apps by 2018. That’s right: over a quarter of the world’s population. Chat apps are already used by 75% of all smartphone users and continue to be one of the fastest growing digital services in the world. To stand out in this competitive space, messaging apps are now offering a suite of new services for their users. Viber, a leading chat app with over 711 ...

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Why You Should Notify Your Bank Before Traveling Abroad

You’ve packed your suitcase, planned your itinerary, and already checked into your flight. Surely you’ve done everything you need to prepare for your international vacation, right? It turns out that there’s one small, crucial step that travelers often forget before heading overseas: informing their banks. Notify your bank before using a credit or debit card abroad Banks do whatever they can to protect you from identity theft. But if you’re not careful, your bank’s eagerness ...

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Advantages of Using a WU Prepaid Card

Need a card that offers the conveniences of a prepaid card, along with the ability to send and receive Western Union Money Transfer® transactions from the comfort of your own home? Look no further than the Western Union® NetSpend® Prepaid MasterCard®. Western Union has been connecting people and businesses worldwide by providing fast, reliable, and convenient ways to move money for more than 160 years. WU has now teamed up with NetSpend, which since 1999 has enabled more than 7 million customers to ...

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Putting the customer first, an interview Odilon Almeida

Western Union has transformed the way its customers move money across the world. The rare combination of a large physical and fast-growing digital network is giving customers a choice to send and receive money effortlessly: in-person in nearly every corner of the world, digitally, and via multiple payout options including cash, account, and card. Watch Odilon Almeida, Western Union Executive Vice President of the Americas & European Union, talk to Sky News about how WU puts the consumer first.   ...

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Receiving Money Transfer Updates When It Really Matters

At Western Union (WU), we believe in moving money for better, and that when money moves, better things can happen. Emergency workers receive much-needed aid. A parent provides for a child. A business opens its doors. Throughout over 200 countries and territories, WU moved over $150 billion for consumer and business clients in 2015. With over 85%* of the world’s population now using a mobile phone every day, WU is expanding our SMS text message notification program to enhance your customer experience. How ...

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5 Little-Known Uses For Your Smartphone

For most of us, it’s impossible to leave the house without bringing our smartphones. They act as our lifeline to both our friends and family and the world around us. But even if you’re already texting and tweeting up a storm, there are still a number of useful apps and functions built into your phone that you might not know about. We’re here to show you some helpful smartphone apps and features that can improve your everyday ...

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10 Travel Apps to Know Before You Go Abroad

New language. Different currency. Uncharted territory. Exciting? yes. Familiar? Not quite. Adjusting to life in a foreign country is a learning curve for even the most seasoned traveler. But thanks to smart phones, that curve has flattened out considerably. Gone are the days of taking a wrong turn and being lost in an alien land; long gone are the days of losing touch with loves ones because of expensive long distance calling costs. We can’t promise that there won’...

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Western Union UK App in the App Store

WU upgrades its mobile app in the UK for Android and Apple

LONDON, May 10, 2016 – The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, today announced the latest version of the Western Union® mobile app for Android and Apple devices in the UK. The new app enables UK consumers to conveniently transfer money using a variety of payment types, including direct bank transfers or credit and debit cards. The app shortens and simplifies the customer journey, allowing senders to quickly repeat previous transactions and to choose recipients directly from their device’s ...

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