PayPal Access card: Still waiting after a year
14th April 2011
PayPal UK cancelled the Visa PayPal Top Up Card and parted company with the issuer, RBS Bank. The program ended before a replacement program was put in place and caused uproar amongst the happy users of the card.
17th June 2011
PayPal UK launched the PayPal Access Mastercard through PrePay Technologies. It’s a big step forward from the previous Top Up card as you didn’t have to pre-load it, when you use the card it pulls funds directly from your PayPal account. The card only available at launch by invitation which selected PayPal customers will receive via email
17th Jun 2012
The PayPal Access Mastercard has remained only available by invitation to selected PayPal customers and as far as I’m aware that’s pretty much remained those that were invited at launch. If you weren’t lucky enough to get one you probably still don’t have one.
Why did PayPal cancel the original card before the new one was put in place. That to be honest was probably unfortunate and not intentional. Why have they taken so long to open up the program to all PayPal users? Who knows?
There can only be two reasons. Either the program was put in place in a rush and PayPal have decided it’s not scalable in it’s current form or they’re cooking up something even better and just aren’t ready to release it.
A year to have a PayPal card and yet not allow anyone else to apply for it is a long time though. There are still many previous PayPal Top Up cards who didn’t get a PayPal Access card and would have loved one. Would it really have been that bad a thing to let all users have a PayPal Access card for the last year while they worked on whatever they’ve been working on?
Come on PayPal, either get a move on and release whatever you’re working on or just bite the bullet, accept it’s going to take a while and open up PayPal Access cards to everyone. A year is a long time to wait.