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gices

Is SBM Smile prepaid card a good option to buy online?

It seems that with the normal Visa debit cards that you get in Mauritius, you cannot make purchases on the Internet as they are rejected. In the UK, as long as a bank card is Visa approved, you can buy online without any problems but I suppose here it's different for some weird reasons (maybe the technology is not up to date.

Instead of applying for a credit card which will look at your salary and whether you'd be able to repay the money when you make an application, the SBM Smile card seems to be a good alternative. It's sort of like a credit card which you can use to buy stuffs online but you'll have to put money on it first before you can use it. So, if you put Rs5000 on the prepaid credit card, you can buy things up to that amount. That sounds good but I've got 2 questions:

1. I've heard that the card expires after 6 months and remaining credit is transferred back to your bank account. Is that true? Do you have to get a new card every 6 months?

2. Can you link it to PayPal? You need an address associated with the credit card to add it to Paypal but the SBM Smile card does not have your address on it. So how does that one work?
gices  (Level 5)
24 Nov 2017 20:50, updated
05 Apr 2012, published
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sphinx
sphinx  (Level 2)
06 Apr 2012 10:41
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Over here in Mauritius, you don't have much choice. If you can't get a proper credit card, then you'll have to get the SBM Smile Card to buy things off the Internet. I'm not sure whether it can be linked to Paypal but you can definitely use it to buy things online.

The good thing about it is that if someone steals your card details, he's only going to be able to spend however much is on the card at that time. So if you only have Rs1000, that's all the money that can be used/stolen.
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Kha_Lid
Kha_Lid  (Level 1)
21 Aug 2013 14:41
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Hello, I've been reading all your comments, and seems like you are having trouble using the SBM card.

Yes, the card can be used with paypal. When registering, enter your real name and addresses, and also all details on your card, that is your 16 Digits and your CVC code if necessary. Normally Paypal takes 1.50euro something like that from your account, hence call the number on the back of your card, and ask them SBM customer service for the code.

For those complaining about the amount of money for the fees, there's a policy about these cards, you should read them, before getting one of those.

The new SBM smile card is now valid for around 4 years I think.

Bank One also provides you with a Prepaid Card, which is far way better than the Smile Prepaid. Upon first registration, they give you a card valid for Four years, and also a secure pin for transaction on valid visa websites.

Thanks

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Khush_Mendossa
Khush_Mendossa  (Level 3)
07 Apr 2012 11:51
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Regarding the Pay Pal registration, you will have to provide the address which you gave upon application of the Prepaid Card at the bank.

For the 6 months expiry I don't know. (Even someone at the SBM didn't know..lame service).
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Raksha_Nunkoo
Raksha_Nunkoo  (Level 1)
10 Jul 2012 19:48
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hi
im not able to link my smile card to paypal
i was able to buy in DH gate
bt on EBAY im unable to buy items
why so?

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
10 Jul 2012 23:08

I believe you cannot use the SBM smile card with PayPal because the card is valid for only 6 months after which you need to get another one from the bank.

In the end, I opted for the MCB MasterCard Primo which I didn't have any problems to link with paypal.

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Muzzammil
Muzzammil  (Level 2)
24 Jun 2013 22:24

i used it for ebay/paypal
it worked perfectly

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Zzammil_Nabybaccus
Zzammil_Nabybaccus  (Level 1)
16 Jul 2012 13:40
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Im using an international SBM PREPAID CARD
i was using one with MRU it expires in 6 months, this one in 2 - 4 years or smthing :D:D:D:D:D yuaaayaaaayy :D

you can link it to paypal.
with the international card, it can be reloaded whenever yu want
the MRU card, unfortunately, you have to purchase another one, you dnt have to pay for the card, you only have to pay for the amount you are loading upon it that's it:D

it's kinda much cooler:) but you have to reload it when its over. like now my international card lacks 100 rupees to buy an stuff :( so that's its disadvantage, you have to go to the bank and reload reload reload :P

but Sbm smile rocks

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anonymous
anonymous  (Level 1)
02 Jan 2013 09:58

I just got a fresh new SBM card smile but I cannot use it to buy apps on the apps store it seems to declined all the time..
Can anyone help?

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Zzammil_Nabybaccus
Zzammil_Nabybaccus  (Level 1)
25 Jan 2013 10:22

check your credit amount or try using paypal

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AKSHAY1408
AKSHAY1408  (Level 1)
24 Jun 2013 16:00

what is the shipping address for mauritius???

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Muzzammil
Muzzammil  (Level 2)
24 Jun 2013 22:23

use 742CU001 for the zip code
city : N/A
address : your address
street name

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AKSHAY1408
AKSHAY1408  (Level 1)
25 Jun 2013 12:30

thanks you!!!

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ziya
ziya  (Level 2)
09 Oct 2012 13:36
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I just have got the SBM smile card and for me the expiry date is for next year for me.Even in SBM website there is no prepaid card that would expire in just 6 months.You dont need to have an SBM account to get this card and its available in many currencies:MUR,EURO,GBP,AUD&SGD.At the bank they told me how much money do I want to put in it so I just gave 1000 for the card and they excluded the price that I need to pay for the card.It can be reloadable that is when I have used the Rs 1000 I can again add more money to it at any SBM branch.

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anonymous
anonymous  (Level 1)
25 Jan 2013 22:01

one bad thing abt it i was charged 7usd for the card.these people did not inform of this before

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phantomblue
phantomblue  (Level 1)
22 Apr 2013 17:21

Hello,does the SBM prepaid card has those 16 digits printed on?coz I believe to link it to paypal we need to enter them.thank you

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yonaik
yonaik  (Level 1)
19 Jun 2016 15:22
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Hello Gices,

can an employee with an sbm prepaid card receive monthly salary ,
from an employer who uses sbm account?

thanks

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yashvircaussy
yashvircaussy  (Level 1)
03 Oct 2016 00:41
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Hello I've a credit card SMB and it has a VISA logo on the card ! How to link wid PayPal I tried but it doesn't work :( or I need to get new SBM Smile

Pls help ?

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