Uber Launches Its Signature Debit Card in Latin America

Uber, which is a $68 billion transportation network and technology company, has launched its signature debit card network right in Latin America, in the cooperation with the FinTech bank, Bankaool. As the Francisco Mere, the CEO of Bankaool stated that, “This reflects how the FinTech together with an open IT architecture can work together as one with the IT companies, and showcasing innovative and also disruptive solutions right to an increasing number of markets,”

Bankaool is a Latin American online FinTech bank that serves the populace varieties of financial services in which includes the MasterCard debit card issuance. The firm’s mainly focal point was regarding right on the mobile banking in which enables its consumers to be able to take control virtually at every single financial settlement and tasks online via their mobile phones and electronic gadgets. And the Uber signature debit card, for instance, can be beyond doubt accessed internationally utilizing the web or mobile. Similarly to the traditional bank-issued debit cards, the consumers can use it to purchase through online, make their free transfers and also manage their balances right on the Bankaool mobile application.

Right from a regular consumer standpoint, it appears as if a multi-billion dollar institution like the Uber would rather form a joint venture together with the issuing party such as the MasterCard, instead of the third party companies like the Bankaool. On the other hand, right in the part of the consideration of the Latin America mobile ecosystem and also of the financial market, the Uber has made a sophisticated one-of-a-kind FinTech movement.

And for over the past decade, the mobile ecosystem right in Latin America has significantly grown and developed and illustrating an astounding 112 percentage in the summation of its penetration rate right in the mobile connections and the 52 percentage coming from its penetration rate right in the unique monthly subscribers. As according to the GSM Association in which are the 3G/4G connections are being projected to cultivate by almost of 80 percent by the very end of the year 2020 in which represents the rapidly growing connectivity rate in the midst of Latin American mobile users.

In spite of Latin America’s developed mobile ecosystem, it has an underdeveloped financial market in which with less than 14 percent of the population is having their formal savings account. I most cases, it is particularly way complicated to be able to open debit or credit cards without having a formal savings account. As the banks demand a consistent in and outflow of money right in their bank accounts and also acquires the individuals to hold on a certain amount of money right in their accounts just before opening bank-issued credit cards.

For Uber, the debit and credit card penetration rate is way too crucial as the entire platform is based right on the two-way payment selections. Without debit and credit cards, the users cannot be able to use Uber to travel around. Right in the countries like the Philippines, where obtaining a debit or credit card is drastically difficult, an increasing number of the people are passing up the chance and opportunity to use Uber because there is a lack of the financial services. If such regions can be able to obtain debit cards right from a major financial network similarly to the MasterCard, a bigger market will be available for Uber to target.


The Chief of the Digital Bank, Business Development and Marketing Officer of the Bankaool, Juan Carlos Espinosa has said that, “#YourUberCardforEverything (#TuTarjetaUberParaTodo) can be utilized to be able to pay at the movie theaters, stores or even restaurants, as well as the e-commerce and the mobile apps that accept MasterCard and both tight in Mexico and internationally. And even to be able to withdraw cash at the ATMs.”

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