I’m surprised that some Filipino netizens are still unaware of this very invaluable piece of plastic especially for those who want to purchase products online but doesn’t have credit cards. I just had my EON card renewed 3rd quarter of last year and will probably still keep it for years to come since I only have a Mastercard via my credit card and this one has the Visa Electron logo.
Currently there is only one way to apply and that is to go directly to the bank. Before 2009, you can apply online but they have since disabled that. So better put on your smiling face and prepare to talk to a grouchy personnel. Bring photocopies of two valid I.D.’s such as:
2. Driver’s license.
3. PRC I.D.
4. TIN card.
5. Voter’s I.D.
6. SSS I.D.
7. Postal I.D.
8. Current Company I.D.
9. Current Student I.D.
You only need to pay for the card and there is no maintaining balance. However, it has a yearly 350-peso fee much like a credit card, albeit much much lower than the usual 1500-peso a year fee for classic credit cards. Also, if you withdraw funds through the counter, there will be a 100-peso fee and in your third Unionbank ATM withdrawal, there will be a 10-peso fee, and a straight up 10-peso fee per transaction on non-Unionbank ATM withdrawals. So, they’re basically saying this card is designed as a prepaid credit card and encourage you to use it as such. Don’t worry though because it’s accepted in all establishments that bear the VISA logo.
Prepare at least 700 pesos, 350 for the card fee and the rest for your deposit so your card already has funds when you pick it up it in a couple of weeks. This is important because when verifying your card in your paypal account and registering it as your primary card for your google wallet account, these two services will need to withdraw a certain amount each from your account to verify your cards. About $2 or 100 pesos is the magic number so make sure you have that amount in your card when you verify. But don’t worry, they will refund the amount and this will be back in your account in no time or in my experience in about a couple of days.
But before verifying this card in your paypal account, it is best to enroll it in Unionbank’s online banking facility first. This will only take at least two days to activate and there is no need to go to the bank to fill up some forms unlike in other banks. I’m looking at you Metrobank and BDO. This way you could verify your Paypal account quickly because you could see your transactions online where you will find the four-digit EXPUSE or Expanded Use number that you will use to verify your card in your paypal account. You could also call the customer service to ask for the EXPUSE number if that’s your thing, but I like to do things privately. One word of advise, make sure your billing address in your EON account is exactly the same with your billing address in your paypal account.
Also, having an online account, you could easily track your funds and your transactions so you don’t need to check your balance in the ATM, which unfortunately also has a fee and quite inconvenient if you ask me. How much though, I’m not sure because never once did I check my balance through the ATM machine, but I’m sure there is because I always read the fine print.
Registering your EON account as your primary card in google wallet is fairly easy. Just register it like a regular credit card and it’s all done. No more verification numbers to think about.
After verifying with paypal using the four-digit EXPUSE found in your transaction detail, you can now register and use your account in any online shopping sites that accepts this as a form of payment (i.e. ebay) and shop till you drop, of course I mean as long as you have funds in your EON account. And with your google wallet/checkout account, you can now purchase apps in the google play market for your android device.
Some disadvantages though are you cannot book hotels online, you cannot pay airline tickets, and you need to go to the bank and deposit funds before you could purchase things online, but at least you can.
So let’s summarize.
1. Go to your nearest Unionbank to apply for an account.
2. Pay 350 pesos for the card together with a deposit (For convenience of course. You can always deposit more funds when you pick up the card).
3. Wait two weeks to pick up the card.
4. Enroll your EON card to the online banking facility and wait for it to be activated.
5. Verify your card in your paypal account.
6. Check your transaction details and look for the description with PP or Paypal in it with four numbers and enter those four digits as your paypal verification code.
7. Register it to your Google wallet just like a regular credit card (No verification number needed).
8. Enjoy your online shopping freedom.