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May 12, 2014

Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebo


5月13日華僑銀行推出Pay Anyone付款服務,用戶不需要先得到收款人的銀行戶頭,只要有對方的手機號碼、電郵地址或facebook賬號,就能直接進行轉賬,頂限為100元。

收款人在接到通知後,只要通過加密平台,輸入自己的銀行帳號和付款人發出的密碼,就能收取款項。


Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebook, email, SMS May 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Terence Lee Share 29 49 8 7 0 OCBC Bank has been gaining reputation of late for being perhaps the most innovative among Singapore banks. It drastically revamped its online consumer banking service by introducing a cleaner interface, along with useful features like financial goal setting and money expenditure tracking. It then launched Velocity 2.0, a refresh of its much-loathed online business banking product. Now, OCBC Bank has unveiled a new feature for its iOS consumer app: instant money transfer via Facebook, email, or SMS within Singapore. Called Pay Anyone, the functionality promises to make inter-bank transfer dead simple. Previously, I’d need to know your bank account details to wire money to you. Now, all I need is your contact information. Here are screenshots of Pay Anyone in action: OCBC Payanywhere And here’s what the person on the receiving end sees: ocbc pay anyone receive 1 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-2 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-3 My verdict? OCBC has certainly nailed the execution: the app is easy-to-use and worked without hiccups. The question is whether it is really more convenient than existing methods of transferring money. The answer isn’t straightforward. While Pay Anyone removes the need for users to exchange bank account details with one another, senders need to manually communicate the passcode with the receiver. Further, receivers must key in their bank account details every time they get money. Although these measures may be put in place for security reasons, it does dampen the convenience factor that’s supposedly the selling point of Pay Anyone. In fact, the app simply passes the hassle from the sender to the receiver. While in the past the latter would simply need to wait while the cash gets deposited into her bank account, now she would need to key in her account details again and again. Would I, the sender, use the app? Sure, the experience as a whole is more pleasant than the usual method of transferring money. It’s just a pity that the benefit to consumers on both sides is marginal at best. Nonetheless, Pay Anyone, which will arrive on Android in a month’s time, could improve over time and become the main way OCBC customers transfer money. Other banks could copy the feature, and that can only be good for Singapore residents. Not quite disruptive Think of Pay Anyone as an interface layer that’s tacked on top of Fast And Secure Transfers (FAST), a recently launched inter-bank transfer service that allows consumers to instantaneously shift funds between banks in Singapore. However, it isn’t exactly a solution to some of the most pressing problems in personal finance: we lack an instantaneous, ubiquitous, and low-cost method to remit money across borders. Bitcoin is supposedly the answer, but government regulation, mass adoption, and price volatility remain significant obstacles. Banks aren’t exactly incentivized either to lower the cost of inter-country transfers, since they themselves benefit from the hefty fees that come with such transactions. PayPal, of course, has been facilitating money transfer for years, but its adoption rate is still low in many parts of the world and particularly in Asia. As for China, which shows promise as a hotbed for innovation in third-party payments, the central government, in cahoots with the banks, could ensure that it doesn’t happen. So, there really isn’t any internal or external pressure that’s strong enough to force an overhaul of the global finance industry. Those seeking a silver bullet will have to wait. (See more: WeChat and Alibaba hit roadbumps as China bans online payments made using QR codes, virtual credit cards)

Read more: Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebook, email, SMS http://www.techinasia.com/singapores-ocbc-bank-lets-transfer-money-facebook-email-sms/



Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebook, email, SMS May 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Terence Lee Share 29 49 8 7 0 OCBC Bank has been gaining reputation of late for being perhaps the most innovative among Singapore banks. It drastically revamped its online consumer banking service by introducing a cleaner interface, along with useful features like financial goal setting and money expenditure tracking. It then launched Velocity 2.0, a refresh of its much-loathed online business banking product. Now, OCBC Bank has unveiled a new feature for its iOS consumer app: instant money transfer via Facebook, email, or SMS within Singapore. Called Pay Anyone, the functionality promises to make inter-bank transfer dead simple. Previously, I’d need to know your bank account details to wire money to you. Now, all I need is your contact information. Here are screenshots of Pay Anyone in action: OCBC Payanywhere And here’s what the person on the receiving end sees: ocbc pay anyone receive 1 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-2 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-3 My verdict? OCBC has certainly nailed the execution: the app is easy-to-use and worked without hiccups. The question is whether it is really more convenient than existing methods of transferring money. The answer isn’t straightforward. While Pay Anyone removes the need for users to exchange bank account details with one another, senders need to manually communicate the passcode with the receiver. Further, receivers must key in their bank account details every time they get money. Although these measures may be put in place for security reasons, it does dampen the convenience factor that’s supposedly the selling point of Pay Anyone. In fact, the app simply passes the hassle from the sender to the receiver. While in the past the latter would simply need to wait while the cash gets deposited into her bank account, now she would need to key in her account details again and again. Would I, the sender, use the app? Sure, the experience as a whole is more pleasant than the usual method of transferring money. It’s just a pity that the benefit to consumers on both sides is marginal at best. Nonetheless, Pay Anyone, which will arrive on Android in a month’s time, could improve over time and become the main way OCBC customers transfer money. Other banks could copy the feature, and that can only be good for Singapore residents. Not quite disruptive Think of Pay Anyone as an interface layer that’s tacked on top of Fast And Secure Transfers (FAST), a recently launched inter-bank transfer service that allows consumers to instantaneously shift funds between banks in Singapore. However, it isn’t exactly a solution to some of the most pressing problems in personal finance: we lack an instantaneous, ubiquitous, and low-cost method to remit money across borders. Bitcoin is supposedly the answer, but government regulation, mass adoption, and price volatility remain significant obstacles. Banks aren’t exactly incentivized either to lower the cost of inter-country transfers, since they themselves benefit from the hefty fees that come with such transactions. PayPal, of course, has been facilitating money transfer for years, but its adoption rate is still low in many parts of the world and particularly in Asia. As for China, which shows promise as a hotbed for innovation in third-party payments, the central government, in cahoots with the banks, could ensure that it doesn’t happen. So, there really isn’t any internal or external pressure that’s strong enough to force an overhaul of the global finance industry. Those seeking a silver bullet will have to wait.

Read more: Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebook, email, SMS http://www.techinasia.com/singapores-ocbc-bank-lets-transfer-money-facebook-email-sms/
May 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Terence Lee

 OCBC Bank has been gaining reputation of late for being perhaps the most innovative among Singapore banks. It drastically revamped its online consumer banking service by introducing a cleaner interface, along with useful features like financial goal setting and money expenditure tracking. It then launched Velocity 2.0, a refresh of its much-loathed online business banking product. Now, OCBC Bank has unveiled a new feature for its iOS consumer app: instant money transfer via Facebook, email, or SMS within Singapore.



 Called Pay Anyone, the functionality promises to make inter-bank transfer dead simple. Previously, I’d need to know your bank account details to wire money to you. Now, all I need is your contact information. Here are screenshots of Pay Anyone in action: OCBC Payanywhere And here’s what the person on the receiving end sees: ocbc pay anyone receive 1 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-2 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-3 My verdict?

 OCBC has certainly nailed the execution: the app is easy-to-use and worked without hiccups. The question is whether it is really more convenient than existing methods of transferring money. The answer isn’t straightforward. While Pay Anyone removes the need for users to exchange bank account details with one another, senders need to manually communicate the passcode with the receiver. Further, receivers must key in their bank account details every time they get money. Although these measures may be put in place for security reasons, it does dampen the convenience factor that’s supposedly the selling point of Pay Anyone. In fact, the app simply passes the hassle from the sender to the receiver. While in the past the latter would simply need to wait while the cash gets deposited into her bank account, now she would need to key in her account details again and again. Would I, the sender, use the app? Sure, the experience as a whole is more pleasant than the usual method of transferring money. It’s just a pity that the benefit to consumers on both sides is marginal at best. Nonetheless, Pay Anyone, which will arrive on Android in a month’s time, could improve over time and become the main way OCBC customers transfer money. Other banks could copy the feature, and that can only be good for Singapore residents.





Not quite disruptive Think of Pay Anyone as an interface layer that’s tacked on top of Fast And Secure Transfers (FAST), a recently launched inter-bank transfer service that allows consumers to instantaneously shift funds between banks in Singapore. However, it isn’t exactly a solution to some of the most pressing problems in personal finance: we lack an instantaneous, ubiquitous, and low-cost method to remit money across borders. Bitcoin is supposedly the answer, but government regulation, mass adoption, and price volatility remain significant obstacles.


Banks aren’t exactly incentivized either to lower the cost of inter-country transfers, since they themselves benefit from the hefty fees that come with such transactions. PayPal, of course, has been facilitating money transfer for years, but its adoption rate is still low in many parts of the world and particularly in Asia. As for China, which shows promise as a hotbed for innovation in third-party payments, the central government, in cahoots with the banks, could ensure that it doesn’t happen. So, there really isn’t any internal or external pressure that’s strong enough to force an overhaul of the global finance industry. Those seeking a silver bullet will have to wait.



Read more: Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebook, email, SMS
http://www.techinasia.com/singapores-ocbc-bank-lets-transfer-money-facebook-email-sms/
Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebook, email, SMS May 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Terence Lee Share 29 49 8 7 0 OCBC Bank has been gaining reputation of late for being perhaps the most innovative among Singapore banks. It drastically revamped its online consumer banking service by introducing a cleaner interface, along with useful features like financial goal setting and money expenditure tracking. It then launched Velocity 2.0, a refresh of its much-loathed online business banking product. Now, OCBC Bank has unveiled a new feature for its iOS consumer app: instant money transfer via Facebook, email, or SMS within Singapore. Called Pay Anyone, the functionality promises to make inter-bank transfer dead simple. Previously, I’d need to know your bank account details to wire money to you. Now, all I need is your contact information. Here are screenshots of Pay Anyone in action: OCBC Payanywhere And here’s what the person on the receiving end sees: ocbc pay anyone receive 1 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-2 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-3 My verdict? OCBC has certainly nailed the execution: the app is easy-to-use and worked without hiccups. The question is whether it is really more convenient than existing methods of transferring money. The answer isn’t straightforward. While Pay Anyone removes the need for users to exchange bank account details with one another, senders need to manually communicate the passcode with the receiver. Further, receivers must key in their bank account details every time they get money. Although these measures may be put in place for security reasons, it does dampen the convenience factor that’s supposedly the selling point of Pay Anyone. In fact, the app simply passes the hassle from the sender to the receiver. While in the past the latter would simply need to wait while the cash gets deposited into her bank account, now she would need to key in her account details again and again. Would I, the sender, use the app? Sure, the experience as a whole is more pleasant than the usual method of transferring money. It’s just a pity that the benefit to consumers on both sides is marginal at best. Nonetheless, Pay Anyone, which will arrive on Android in a month’s time, could improve over time and become the main way OCBC customers transfer money. Other banks could copy the feature, and that can only be good for Singapore residents. Not quite disruptive Think of Pay Anyone as an interface layer that’s tacked on top of Fast And Secure Transfers (FAST), a recently launched inter-bank transfer service that allows consumers to instantaneously shift funds between banks in Singapore. However, it isn’t exactly a solution to some of the most pressing problems in personal finance: we lack an instantaneous, ubiquitous, and low-cost method to remit money across borders. Bitcoin is supposedly the answer, but government regulation, mass adoption, and price volatility remain significant obstacles. Banks aren’t exactly incentivized either to lower the cost of inter-country transfers, since they themselves benefit from the hefty fees that come with such transactions. PayPal, of course, has been facilitating money transfer for years, but its adoption rate is still low in many parts of the world and particularly in Asia. As for China, which shows promise as a hotbed for innovation in third-party payments, the central government, in cahoots with the banks, could ensure that it doesn’t happen. So, there really isn’t any internal or external pressure that’s strong enough to force an overhaul of the global finance industry. Those seeking a silver bullet will have to wait.

Read more: Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebook, email, SMS http://www.techinasia.com/singapores-ocbc-bank-lets-transfer-money-facebook-email-sms/
Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebook, email, SMS May 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Terence Lee Share 29 49 8 7 0 OCBC Bank has been gaining reputation of late for being perhaps the most innovative among Singapore banks. It drastically revamped its online consumer banking service by introducing a cleaner interface, along with useful features like financial goal setting and money expenditure tracking. It then launched Velocity 2.0, a refresh of its much-loathed online business banking product. Now, OCBC Bank has unveiled a new feature for its iOS consumer app: instant money transfer via Facebook, email, or SMS within Singapore. Called Pay Anyone, the functionality promises to make inter-bank transfer dead simple. Previously, I’d need to know your bank account details to wire money to you. Now, all I need is your contact information. Here are screenshots of Pay Anyone in action: OCBC Payanywhere And here’s what the person on the receiving end sees: ocbc pay anyone receive 1 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-2 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-3 My verdict? OCBC has certainly nailed the execution: the app is easy-to-use and worked without hiccups. The question is whether it is really more convenient than existing methods of transferring money. The answer isn’t straightforward. While Pay Anyone removes the need for users to exchange bank account details with one another, senders need to manually communicate the passcode with the receiver. Further, receivers must key in their bank account details every time they get money. Although these measures may be put in place for security reasons, it does dampen the convenience factor that’s supposedly the selling point of Pay Anyone. In fact, the app simply passes the hassle from the sender to the receiver. While in the past the latter would simply need to wait while the cash gets deposited into her bank account, now she would need to key in her account details again and again. Would I, the sender, use the app? Sure, the experience as a whole is more pleasant than the usual method of transferring money. It’s just a pity that the benefit to consumers on both sides is marginal at best. Nonetheless, Pay Anyone, which will arrive on Android in a month’s time, could improve over time and become the main way OCBC customers transfer money. Other banks could copy the feature, and that can only be good for Singapore residents. Not quite disruptive Think of Pay Anyone as an interface layer that’s tacked on top of Fast And Secure Transfers (FAST), a recently launched inter-bank transfer service that allows consumers to instantaneously shift funds between banks in Singapore. However, it isn’t exactly a solution to some of the most pressing problems in personal finance: we lack an instantaneous, ubiquitous, and low-cost method to remit money across borders. Bitcoin is supposedly the answer, but government regulation, mass adoption, and price volatility remain significant obstacles. Banks aren’t exactly incentivized either to lower the cost of inter-country transfers, since they themselves benefit from the hefty fees that come with such transactions. PayPal, of course, has been facilitating money transfer for years, but its adoption rate is still low in many parts of the world and particularly in Asia. As for China, which shows promise as a hotbed for innovation in third-party payments, the central government, in cahoots with the banks, could ensure that it doesn’t happen. So, there really isn’t any internal or external pressure that’s strong enough to force an overhaul of the global finance industry. Those seeking a silver bullet will have to wait.

Read more: Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebook, email, SMS http://www.techinasia.com/singapores-ocbc-bank-lets-transfer-money-facebook-email-sms/
Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebook, email, SMS May 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Terence Lee Share 29 49 8 7 0 OCBC Bank has been gaining reputation of late for being perhaps the most innovative among Singapore banks. It drastically revamped its online consumer banking service by introducing a cleaner interface, along with useful features like financial goal setting and money expenditure tracking. It then launched Velocity 2.0, a refresh of its much-loathed online business banking product. Now, OCBC Bank has unveiled a new feature for its iOS consumer app: instant money transfer via Facebook, email, or SMS within Singapore. Called Pay Anyone, the functionality promises to make inter-bank transfer dead simple. Previously, I’d need to know your bank account details to wire money to you. Now, all I need is your contact information. Here are screenshots of Pay Anyone in action: OCBC Payanywhere And here’s what the person on the receiving end sees: ocbc pay anyone receive 1 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-2 ocbc-pay-anyone-receive-3 My verdict? OCBC has certainly nailed the execution: the app is easy-to-use and worked without hiccups. The question is whether it is really more convenient than existing methods of transferring money. The answer isn’t straightforward. While Pay Anyone removes the need for users to exchange bank account details with one another, senders need to manually communicate the passcode with the receiver. Further, receivers must key in their bank account details every time they get money. Although these measures may be put in place for security reasons, it does dampen the convenience factor that’s supposedly the selling point of Pay Anyone. In fact, the app simply passes the hassle from the sender to the receiver. While in the past the latter would simply need to wait while the cash gets deposited into her bank account, now she would need to key in her account details again and again. Would I, the sender, use the app? Sure, the experience as a whole is more pleasant than the usual method of transferring money. It’s just a pity that the benefit to consumers on both sides is marginal at best. Nonetheless, Pay Anyone, which will arrive on Android in a month’s time, could improve over time and become the main way OCBC customers transfer money. Other banks could copy the feature, and that can only be good for Singapore residents. Not quite disruptive Think of Pay Anyone as an interface layer that’s tacked on top of Fast And Secure Transfers (FAST), a recently launched inter-bank transfer service that allows consumers to instantaneously shift funds between banks in Singapore. However, it isn’t exactly a solution to some of the most pressing problems in personal finance: we lack an instantaneous, ubiquitous, and low-cost method to remit money across borders. Bitcoin is supposedly the answer, but government regulation, mass adoption, and price volatility remain significant obstacles. Banks aren’t exactly incentivized either to lower the cost of inter-country transfers, since they themselves benefit from the hefty fees that come with such transactions. PayPal, of course, has been facilitating money transfer for years, but its adoption rate is still low in many parts of the world and particularly in Asia. As for China, which shows promise as a hotbed for innovation in third-party payments, the central government, in cahoots with the banks, could ensure that it doesn’t happen. So, there really isn’t any internal or external pressure that’s strong enough to force an overhaul of the global finance industry. Those seeking a silver bullet will have to wait. (See more: WeChat and Alibaba hit roadbumps as China bans online payments made using QR codes, virtual credit cards)

Read more: Singapore’s OCBC Bank now lets you transfer money via Facebook, email, SMS http://www.techinasia.com/singapores-ocbc-bank-lets-transfer-money-facebook-email-sms/

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