From The Sip Trunking Experts

TMCNet:  Comerica Bank and MasterCard Add Complimentary PayPerks Platform for Direct Express Debit MasterCard Program

[May 03, 2013]

Comerica Bank and MasterCard Add Complimentary PayPerks Platform for Direct Express Debit MasterCard Program

May 03, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Comerica Bank and MasterCard marked Financial Literacy Month with the addition of PayPerks as a complimentary financial education and rewards platform for all Direct Express Debit MasterCard cardholders.

According to a release, the U.S. Department of the Treasury uses the Direct Express Debit MasterCard program to disburse Social Security payments, Veterans' benefits, and other federal payments electronically, especially to those recipients for whom direct deposit is not an option. PayPerks rewards users for participating in a web- and mobile-based financial capability curriculum designed to foster positive financial behavior.

The companies said that PayPerks has been customized to enable Direct Express cardholders to use their cards in ways that maximize convenience and security, while also minimizing fees. The curriculum also addresses general financial topics, such as how to establish a savings plan and how to manage a household budget.

"The Direct Express Debit MasterCard program has enabled Treasury to provide federal payments electronically, even to those without bank accounts, eliminating the need to print and mail millions of paper checks each month," said Walt Henderson, Director, EFT Strategy Division at Department of the Treasury. "Beyond the savings Direct Express offers taxpayers, it also provides recipients with a convenient means to receive their federal payments electronically and to pay bills or make purchases by telephone, on the Internet, or at the point of sale at no cost. Adding the PayPerks financial capability curriculum to Direct Express increases the program's value even more, as it empowers cardholders to get the most benefit from their cards and to take control of their financial lives." The PayPerks program is open to all Direct Express cardholders. Since the PayPerks launch at the beginning of April, tens of thousands of Direct Express cardholders have created PayPerks accounts and completed more than 100,000 educational modules and tutorials, the companies said.

"We are thrilled by the cardholder response to the PayPerks launch in the Direct Express program," said Nora Arpin, Director of Government Electronic Solutions for Comerica Bank, the issuer of the Direct Express card. "We believe the Direct Express program offers great benefits to cardholders, and the PayPerks platform is an excellent way to deliver information about those benefits." "The PayPerks curriculum is delivered in a fun and engaging way, in order to encourage participation," said Andrew Gillen, Vice President at MasterCard. "The Direct Express program already offers great advantages over paper checks-both to the government and to recipients. Adding PayPerks helps cardholders use their cards to the best advantage, while also increasing their general financial savvy, something that can pay dividends for a long time to come." PayPerks is a financial capability and rewards platform for the unbanked and underbanked.

More information: ((Comments on this story may be sent to

[ Back To SIP Trunking Home's Homepage ]

Subscribe here for your FREE
SIP TRUNKING enewslettter.

Featured Partner

Featured Whitepapers

SIP Security for the Enterprise
Voice over IP (VoIP) is incorporated into a variety of computer networks, both public and private, and used for everyday transactions and communications among carriers, businesses, government agencies...

Voice-Optimized Network Delivers Premier Call Experience
Customers equate call quality with business quality. Real-time communication, interpersonal interaction, and the cordial tone of a call center representative can create a positive impression of your business that no email can match.

Featured Datasheets

Ingate SIParator E-SBCs
Adopting SIP is a simple process with the Ingate SIParator, the secure enterprise session border controller (E-SBC). The SIParator makes secure SIP communications - including VoIP,SIP trunking and more - possible while working seamlessly with your existing network firewall.

Ingate Firewalls
Everyone is talking about enterprise usage of VoIP, instant messaging and other types of realtime communications including presence and conferencing.

SIP Trunk Solutions for Service Providers
The award-winning Ingate Firewall and Ingate SIParator deliver a high quality, reliable SIP trunk connection between the customer's IP-PBX and the service provider network, and solve interoperability issues to simplify deployments and support for remote diagnosis of reported issues.

Featured Case Studies

Case Study - Haiti
With this solution our doctors were able to reach anywhere in the world quickly and easily, to get consults from colleagues, facilitate treatment, order supplies 'on the fly' and also help victims report back to families. The solution from Business Mobility Systems and Ingate worked immediately.

Case Study - Turkish Petroleum
"With one Ingate at the customer headquarters, all of their remote workers can enjoy the benefits of Turkish Petroleum's IP-PBX from anywhere in the world.

Case Study - GCM
"The Ingate solution overcomes the NAT traversal hurdle and makes it possible to connect customers to our VoIP service, without the need of costly leased lines or support intensive VPN tunnels.

Case Study - Kool Smiles
"Ingate's solutions provide the advanced level of security necessary for this medical environment and the tools to make the interface to the service provider hassle-free."

Case Study - NMSAS
"This solution really saved the day for us," said Paul Mercier, IT Administrator, NMSAS. "We needed to leverage SIP trunks to reduce costs, and they had to work with our existing Microsoft OCS investment."

Discover Leisure Connects Remote Users to its IP-PBX
Discover Leisure is one of the largest resellers of caravans and motor homes in the UK. With 15 branch of?

Featured eBOOKS

Internet+: The Way Toward Global Unified Communication
Connecting the telephony of the enterprise PBX or Unified Communications (UC) system using SIP trunks instead of conventional telephone lines has been very successful in recent years.

What is SIP Trunking? Edition 2
SIP trunking is becoming more of a focus for service providers. One key issue many service providers face when deploying SIP trunks is NAT, or Network Address Translation, traversal.

What is SIP Trunking? Edition 1
A vast resource for information about all things SIP - including SIP, security, VoIP, SIP trunking and Unified Communications.

Featured Videos

E-SBCs AS The Demarcation Point:
Ingate's Steve Johnson talks to Erik Linask about the role session border controller plays as the demarcation point at...

Demystifying DPI
How can deep packet inspection protect your SIP traffic as well as your entire network?

Featured Resources

What's New

Presenting the New Ingate/Intertex Website:
Internet+ is an extended Internet access allowing high quality SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) based real-time person-to-person communication, everywhere and for any application. It applies to both fixed and mobile networks ...

Featured Blogs

Featured Webinars

Secure SIP Trunking:
What You Need to Know

Successfully Deploying Enterprise SIP Trunking:
Tools and Techniques for Overcoming Common Roadblocks

Featured Podcasts

Getting the Most Out of Your SIP Trunks:
Ingate's Steve Johnson and TMC's Erik Linask discuss how best practices forgetting the most out of SIP Trunking services and common pitfalls to avoid.