I got an interesting press release today from OCBC about so-called “instant provisioning” of newly-approved credit or debit cards. What “instant provisioning” means is that you don’t need to wait for the physical plastic card to arrive in your mail anymore. As soon as your card application is approved, you can add it to your Apple Pay instantly via the OCBC Mobile Banking app.
This service is currently only available for Visa cards, which means the much sought-after OCBC Titanium Rewards card won’t be eligible, but I can only assume that it’s in the pipeline. Also, it’s only available on Apple Pay, which unfortunately means this Blackberry Keyone (Android, fyi) user will have to wait his turn.
Here are the steps, in case you’re interested:
It’s definitely an exciting development, insofar as it cuts down the waiting time to start using your new card. And besides, it’s in the bank’s interest too that you get your new cards quickly so you can start spending. Faster delivery of physical cards has always been a goal for banks (and indeed, is something UOB has been trying to do with its guaranteed same day card delivery service) but a cheaper, more scalable way would be through solutions like mobile wallets.
Probably off topic, but what excites me about mobile wallets is the possibility of creating an add-in (plug in? overlay? whatchamacallit?) for Apple/Android/Samsung pay that automatically selects the right card for a particular merchant, depending on the MCC. I can see it now- you tap your phone at the merchant, and if it’s a restaurant, the mobile wallet select one card, if it’s a department store, it selects another, if it’s a taxi, it selects another… I have no idea whether this is actually possible, but it’s a pretty nifty idea if it were.
Hopefully we’ll see this expanded to other cards and other banks soon as well.