MetaBank

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MetaBank Background Information

MetaBank is one of the largest prepaid debit card issuers in the United States (more than 50% of the debit cards reviewed on GetDebit.com are issued by MetaBank). Through their premier Meta Payment Systems division, MetaBank services more than 500 prepaid card programs. MetaBank also serves as a traditional financial and lending institution providing a diverse product offering across several product lines including personal finance, commercial finance, mortgage services and agricultural services. MetaBank has 12 brick and mortar offices located in 4 distinct market areas. Offices include: Central and NW Iowa; Sioux Empire, South Dakota; and Brookings, South Dakota. Meta’s subsidiary Meta Payment Systems (MPS) manages four business segments including: ATM Sponsorship, ACH Origination, Prepaid Debit Cards and other various Credit Products. The unique “Super Community” philosophy on banking has enabled MetaBank to realize continued growth, while in the same breath, keep its community banking roots. Inherent benefits to this mentality are streamlined efforts and rapid decision making at the local level and a more enhanced service package to the customer.

MetaBank Electronic Payment Models

MetaBank’s “Money On The Move” platform is one of the many innovations created to enhance the customer experience. There are four payment systems platforms:

Gift Card Platform

  • Discover gift card purchase at bank
  • Electronic funds sent to Meta from bank
  • Gift card given to friend or family
  • Recipient spends at merchant
  • Discover pays merchant and electronically moves money from Meta

Rebate Card Platform

  • Product bought at merchant/rebate form filled out
  • Rebate processor electronically sends funds to MetaBank to hold
  • Meta sends Rebate MasterCard to customer in mail
  • Customer spends funds on card
  • MasterCard takes money from Meta to pay merchant

Travel Card Platform

  • Visa travel card purchased at bank
  • MetaBank holds funds until needed
  • Customer uses card for travel expenses
  • Merchants paid by Visa as funds taken from Meta

Reloadable Card Platform

  • Consumer buys card at retail merchant store
  • Consumer direct deposits employer paycheck on MetaBank card
  • Consumer buys groceries, clothing, gasoline and other goods and services on card
  • Visa pays merchants/service providers and transfers money to cover from MetaBank


About MetaBank
Stock Symbol: NASDAQ:CASH
Website: http://www.bankmeta.com
Corporate Headquarters: Storm Lake, Iowa
Address: 121 East 5th Street, Storm Lake, IA, 50588-2339




MetaBank Debit Cards


UPside Visa Prepaid Debit Card - Access Plan UPside Visa Prepaid Card (Access Plan)

If you are looking for a great card with fantastic features and low fees, then take a gander at the UPside Visa prepaid card. This reloadable prepaid card requires no credit check, has free direct deposit, ample loading availability and an awesome check-writing program.
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ReadyDebit Visa Control plan using direct deposit READYdebit Visa (“Control” Plan with Direct Deposit)

The READYDebit CONTROL Visa prepaid card offers cardholders some magnificent savings when they participate in direct deposit. By automatically loading your pay or benefits checks (a minimum of $1500) every month on the Control card through direct deposit, you can save the monthly fees typically charged on a READYdebit prepaid card. Even if you don’t take advantage of direct deposit, the READYdebit Control Visa plan offers a pay per transaction program for customers not needing a lot of bells and whistles. For a low monthly charge, cardholders can use the Readydebit card occasionally when needed. The funds loaded on your ReadyDebit card are protected by the Visa Zero Liability policy. There are also several convenient methods to load money on your prepaid ReadyDebit Visa.
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AccountNow Prepaid MasterCard with (Direct Deposit) AccountNow Prepaid MasterCard with (Direct Deposit)

The AccountNow Prepaid MasterCard can replace any bank account. When you set up Direct Deposit of your pay or benefits check with your AccountNow MasterCard, you enjoy great savings. Check out this feature packed card right now. Read More

UPside Visa Prepaid Card (Life Plan)

The UpSide Visa card is pretty close to the perfect prepaid debit card. We love it because the fees are low (some of the lowest available), as well as the great features. They now have rolled out their newest feature — the ability to write and mail personal checks using the card! Read More

BuyRight.Com

BuyRight.com has come up with a pretty compelling package — a card that let’s you earn tons of reward points (and use them to buy stuff like cell phone minutes, calling cards, etc.). Read More

AccountNow Visa Prepaid Debit Card (direct deposit) AccountNow Visa Card (Direct Deposit)

Have you checked out the AccountNow Prepaid Visa Card yet? Find out why more people choose this prepaid debit card than any other. This version of the card is the card with direct deposit (you can also get the card without direct deposit, but it costs more). Read More


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Recent News Items
  • Looking for an Alternative to iAdvance

    Since the Government forced MetaBank to pause the iAdvance product, we’ve received a number of emails from readers who tell us how much they miss the product. So we ask: Is there a good alternative for prepaid card holders?

  • Buy A Friend the Prepaid Gift of a Safe Drive Home

    During the holiday season, we typically think of buying prepaid cards as gifts for friends and relatives so they can use their gift card at retailers like the GAP, or Amazon.com. But what if you could give the gift of a safe drive home? You can, thanks to the Home Safe Card (and you can also support Mother’s Against Drunk Driving or MADD).

  • 5 Most Popular Prepaid Debit Card Stories of 2010

    With 2010 coming to a close, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the most popular prepaid debit card news items posted on GetDebit.com. The year was packed with important and interesting news items in the prepaid world. The following stories are listed based on the number of times they were read. There may have been more important stories last year, but these five were the tops in terms of the pure amount of times they were read.

  • FaceCard Announces New Look, New Features

    On October 1, 2010, the folks behind the Facecard Prepaid Debit Card announced some great new features for their product.

  • NetSpend vs. Green Dot — Do Distribution Channels Matter?

    Today, NetSpend Corporation announced that NetSpend cardholders loaded a record $1.04 billion onto their NetSpend prepaid cards during the month of February 2010. How do those numbers stack up against those recently made public by Green Dot? Do the different distribution channels of the two companies make a difference?