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How to Activate M-Pesa Globalpay Virtual Visa Card

Safaricom recently launched the much-awaited GlobalPay Visa Virtual Card for international online payments. Like a fisherman, I cast my net in the international market sphere for a fishing expedition. I bought a book on Amazon for my Kindle App library.

In a few seconds, I received an alert tone on my phone that the transaction had been successful. It was fast and seamless. Impressed, I decided that I would use the card often, especially when paying for OTT (over-the-top) services. OTT is a media service, e.g. film content, that is offered directly to users through the internet.

Be that as it may, I noticed that there was a 3.5% forex spread. Whether that is expensive or not is up for debate.

How to Activate M-Pesa Globalpay Virtual Visa Card

This new feature on the M-Pesa App is a game-changer, for lack of a better word. It opens up the global marketplace to the unbanked M-Pesa users. And, to M-Pesa users with no other payment options to access the international market. The partnership with Visa has made it possible for M-Pesa users, banked or unbanked, to leverage the visa global network. Visa-branded debit and credit cards can transact in more than 200 countries.

To secure the cashless payment, the Virtual Card has a dynamic CVV with a validity period of 30 minutes. Also, the card details can only be unlocked by the use of a secret M-Pesa pin. In other words, it has good security features.

Owing to the fact that the Virtual Card is linked to M-Pesa account, it is subject to M-Pesa limits of Ksh 150,000 per transaction and daily limits of Ksh 300,000.

Here’s how to activate the card via the M-Pesa App;

  • Click on the “Grow” option.
  • Click on GLOBALPAY
  • Choose the colour and image for your card.
  • Click on CREATE CARD.

N/B: You can also activate it by dialing *334# then selecting option 6 (Lipa na M-Pesa) followed by (M-Pesa GlobalPay).

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How to Activate M-Pesa Globalpay Virtual Visa Card How to Activate M-Pesa Globalpay Virtual Visa Card

 

 

Ken Okumu

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