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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


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When you are looking for a financially sound, flexible and fast growing prepaid debit card provider, then take a gander at the NetSpend prepaid family of cards. The NetSpend Prepaid Master Card FEE Advantage option gives plastic card customers the benefits of high volume purchase transactions at one low, monthly fee without requiring direct deposit. If you are a low volume transactor, then the “Pay as You Go” plan is more than likely the method you would prefer. “Premier Fee Advantage” also gives consumers a high level of purchase volume with an even lower monthly fee when they sign up for direct deposit.
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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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NetSpend Premier Fee Advantage MasterCard NetSpend MasterCard Prepaid Card (Premier Fee Advantage Version – with Direct Deposit)

NetSpend is considered one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing Prepaid Debit Card processors and marketers. It’s no surprise that the NetSpend Prepaid MasterCard is a top-of-the-line network-branded card recognized by thousands of merchants worldwide. NetSpend currently offers the MasterCard in three versions: a Pay as You Go plan, a Fee Advantage plan, and their Premier Fee Advantage plan (reviewed here), which requires direct deposit.
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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

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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UPside Visa prepaid debit card - Life Plan UPside Visa Prepaid Card (Clear Plan)

The UPside Visa prepaid card is an excellent card with very competitive fees and some excellent features as well. UPside also has a unique personal check writing feature, companion card availability and NO activation fee.
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