Suretap will discontinue prepaid MasterCard support on April 30

Igor Bonifacic

March 1, 2016 3:58pm

On April 30th, 2016, Rogers and Suretap will discontinue their joint MasterCard prepaid credit card program, the two companies announced this afternoon.

Launched back in 2014, the program allows Suretap users to purchase a prepaid MasterCard for payments at contactless point of sales terminals.

Users can continue to add funds to their Suretap wallet account through the program until April 1, 2016, though the company is encouraging anyone with a remaining prepaid balance to spend it between now and April 30. For those that would prefer a refund, it’s possible to apply for one on Suretap’s website.

In a press release sent to MobileSyrup, Suretap did not provide a reason for the program’s discontinuation, though it’s possible the news we heard yesterday about MasterCard’s plans to extend Apple Pay support to Canada later this year could have something to do with the move.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.

  • rgl168

    I think they are getting prepared for “Mastercard selfie pay” 🙂

  • Alvex

    It was useless anyway. Took me forever to make it work. Let’s hope they shut it down to make room for the arrival of Android Pay.

  • Mitchell Leitman

    I want a solution that is not Android or iPhone specific.

    • rgl168

      Sure – BMO paypass sticker. Stick it on whatever device you want and tap with it.

    • Corrode

      The latest data shows that 97.5% of users are on either iOS or Android. Like it or not, you’re in the minority. (Source: Business Insider but MobileSyrup won’t let me link, Google it)

    • FlamesFan89

      I think he might have meant that it isn’t specific to Android, or it isn’t specific to iPhone. As in, one solution that will work on BOTH Android and iPhone. But I could be wrong.

    • Mitchell Leitman

      That’s precisely what I meant. Payment systems shouldn’t be tied to any one mobile OS. The fact that I use a Windows Phone and BlackBerry play only a bit into it.

  • Corrode

    Ooo, this coupled with yesterday’s Mastercard news is a good sign and perhaps an indication of forward momentum. What’s most funny is how we as Canadians are grasping at straws as this is BIG news. haha

  • fruvous

    I managed to get two of these prepaid mastercards during that $50 giveaway. Should have taken advantage of it and gotten more lines even though the cancellation cost $10. Still $40 up on each line. Wonder how much those marketing geniuses lost on that.

  • FlamesFan89

    My guess is that they didn’t have much success with these pre-paid cards. Didn’t it cost you money to add funds?

    No thanks, I don’t like having to pay money, just to use my own money. If it is going to cost more money to pay with my phone, than pay with a card that is already in my wallet, then I’m happy to pull out my wallet. Paying with your phone is not so incredibly more convenient that I am willing to pay more money to do so.