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    • Archi Bald
    • By Archi Bald 25th Sep 15, 10:11 PM
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    • 25th Sep 15, 10:11 PM
    Monese 25th Sep 15 at 10:11 PM
    Yet another new current account that doesn't do a credit check - https://www.monese.com/

    No SOs at present, and I didn't see anything about DDs. But at least they do have a VISA debit card (contactless), and they come with "indirect FSCS cover", whatever that may mean. They are not paying any interest.

    Operated via Android app; iPhone support expected later. They might support both, GBP and Euro, so potentially useful for those after a Euro account. Not sure what the conversion rates are.

    Currently most bits are free of charge but it looks a Faster Payment costs 50p, and other charges are to be expected down the line.

    If you're at least 18 years old and live in the EEA (European Economic Area), you can open an account with us, regardless of your citizenship or financial history. Yes, you read that right. Anyone with an EEA address can apply.

    Your Monese account comes with quick and super cheap local and international money transfers, a debit card for your purchases and cash withdrawals, and a mobile app to act as your personal banking branch and help you keep an eye on your finances wherever you are. You can also send money to your friends at Monese with one tap and forever for FREE. All of this will be in your pocket in just a few minutes, because that’s how long it takes to open an account with Monese.
    I am not going to apply for this one but if anyone does, it would be useful to hear of your experience.
    Last edited by Archi Bald; 25-09-2015 at 10:50 PM.
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    • Biggles
    • By Biggles 15th Oct 16, 8:35 AM
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    I see a Monese account is £4.95 a month now.
    • Glacier
    • By Glacier 9th Jun 17, 12:25 AM
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    Glacier
    Do these cards work for car rental?
    • catapultaudio
    • By catapultaudio 11th Nov 17, 6:50 PM
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    If, like me, you have managed to screw your finances so dramatically that nobody wants to give you even the simplest of "proper" bank accounts, this is very likely the most useful app you will ever find for your smartphone.

    I've tried several other "challenger" banking apps as I have discovered they are known, but Monese has been by far the best so far.

    Opening an account is a little intense to be frank, and, in the UK at least, you DO require photo ID and proof of address despite the claims made in the Monese promotional material. Once you get set up however, it really couldn't be any simpler.

    An important detail for me is the speed at which payments arrive, and Monese updates twice an hour at 05 and 35. In my experience you can expect to see your funds on the second update after they were sent.

    Another key detail, most of these banks charge for cash machine withdrawals. Monese gives you five such transactions free of charge each month before adding a 50p fee for any subsequent withdrawals. A nice touch though, if you don't have enough money to cover the fee you will still be given the cash without charge - this might be a bug however it's been really useful for me up to now.

    The card does claim to allow cash back however in my experience this is not the case and only smaller stores who know me personally will allow me this facility.

    Finally, an excellent referral scheme gives you the chance to earn a decent bonus if your friends sign up to monese as well. If you could help both yourself and me by using my code [Removed] you will be gifted £5 completely free when you finish setting up your new account. I hope I have been helpful!
    Last edited by MSE ForumTeam2; 12-11-2017 at 12:18 AM.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 13th Nov 17, 12:47 AM
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    I hope I have been helpful!
    Originally posted by catapultaudio
    Perhaps, but you haven't mentioned that Monese charge £4.95/month when others have no fee.
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