Ministry of Sound Prepaid Card
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Prepaid Summary Review
Date Reviewed: March 2007
What's Good ?
Love music? This card is for you! The Ministry of Sound prepaid card is currently only available to over 18s, but Ministry of Sound are planning to have a card available to over 13s sometime this year. And to keep you music lovers happy, Ministry of Sound also offer a free MP3 download with every 10 transactions on your card!
The Chip & PIN activated Ministry of Sound prepay card runs on the Maestro network, and can be used at over 7 million locations worldwide. It also has low reload fees – with reloads at the Post Office costing just £1. Of course, you can also top up online using a credit or debit card, or using cash at one of 15,000 PayPoint locations around the UK.
What's not so good ?
The initial issue fee for the card is slightly higher than others available at £9.99 for a standard design, or £19.99 for a customised card. The foreign transaction charge of 3% makes this card quite expensive for use abroad.
Application Process - 4 star card Rating
As well as the usual online application, you can also apply for your Ministry of Sound prepay card via text message. The £9.99 issue fee will be charged directly to your prepaid card, so you don’t need a credit or debit card to be able to apply. Standard card designs only are available through this option.
Card Designs - 5 star card Rating
Three cool card designs are available as standard, or you can upload your favourite picture and design your own card! The custom card design tool is simple and fun to use.
Fees - 4 star card Rating
For regular use this card is excellent value, with a transaction fee of just £0.20, and top ups at the Post Office costing a mere £1. However, reloads by credit/debit card or PayPoint are charged at 3%, and the 3% foreign transaction charge means that this is not the cheapest card available for use abroad.
Self Servicing - 4 star card Rating
Comprehensive website self servicing options including: Order replacement card, Order replacement PIN, Update your details, Send an email question to customer services Dispute a transaction, View all of your transactions, Top up your account, Report your card lost or stolen
The card is issued by Newcastle Building Society and operated by first prepay.