Visa Europe has started to run trials of their new mobile service. At the moment, Visa is testing the system on UK staffers to hopefully work out any kinks. The service gives Visa cardholders instant notification via their mobile device when any of their Visa debit, credit or prepaid cards are put to use. Handy if you lose a card, or just want to keep track of your spending.
Senior Vice President of Innovation and New Product Development at Visa Europe, Sandra Alzetta commented:
“With Visa’s mobile alert service, we want to offer cardholders the reassurance of knowing, in real-time, exactly where and when their card is being used. If something looks suspicious, this will give them the power to put a stop to any fraud taking place on their cards.”
When the system is finalized, users will be able to receive alerts via SMS or email… or receive alerts via an installed app. I suppose we’ll be hearing about a new Visa app in the App Store, App World, and the Android Market and more before long! Hopefully such apps would make it easy to connect with your various Visa card accounts, while providing iron-clad security to protect from others accessing your critical info.