i2c, Ecard collaborate on cross-border travel card


 i2c, a provider of digital banking and payments processing technology and infrastructure, has announced that ECARD is leveraging i2c's Agile Processing platform to power its payment card offering.

At the core of ECARD is a prepaid debit card based on the "SmartWallet" concept that allows day-to-day purchases, both domestically and internationally, on the UnionPay network. ECARD allows its cardholders to withdraw local currency from ATMs while traveling abroad, offering significantly lower foreign exchange fees. The program also allows ECARD to participate in the UnionPay rewards program to offer cardholders additional benefits in more than 1,500 merchants worldwide.

Additionally, ECARD cardholders can instantly send payments to other ECARD account holders. With a few simple clicks in the mobile app, funds can be made available from one cardholder to another, increasing control of how they manage their money as well as saving time and energy.

UnionPay cards are particularly important and useful to Americans who regularly travel to the Pacific for business or personal reasons, since it is the most widely accepted card brand in Asia Pacific, with overall acceptance rate of over 90%. In China, for example, UnionPay is accepted at almost all merchants and ATMs. In addition, UnionPay is accepted at merchants/ATMs across 177 countries and regions, including the U.S.

Now, American travelers can leverage their ECARD to simplify purchases without worrying about currency exchanges. Everything is handled automatically through the program developed using i2c's platform and direct connections to UnionPay. ECARD becomes the default choice for their payment needs worldwide.

"We're excited about partnering with ECARD to provide a seamless cardholder payment experience to their customers who travel from the U.S. and make card purchases or withdrawals at ATMs," said Amir Wain, founder and CEO of i2c Inc. "With i2c's single-source global platform and highly-configurable architecture, ECARD has instant access to setup new or change current cardholder reward programs quickly and easily, as well as launch to their cardholders in record time."

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