BCR to Offer Mobile Banking Services

A vehicle mounted with an ATM and with customer service facilities will enable clients to carry out any banking transaction.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The vehicle will use satellite technology to enable customers to carry out the transactions online.

"The cost of each unit is approximately $143k and will be used to deliver Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) services to customers attending large events as well as provide special services to the bank's client companies and institutions with particular needs, thereby widening its commercial offering," reports La Prensa Libre.

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The draft law stipulates a maximum of $242 per movement and a cumulative amount up to $970 per month in transactions made via mobile devices.

The proposal by the Central Reserve Bank (BCR) seeks to "... regulate transactions through mobile devices. This financial service, to date, is only offered by Tigo Money for Tigo telephone customers."

Integration of Costa Rica to Regional Payment System

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It has been announced that from March Costa Rican banks will be able to allow their customers access to the Central Interconnected System of Payments.

From a press release by the Central Bank of Costa Rica:

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May 2012

Non-banking companies have been allowed to provide financial services on behalf of established banks.

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The bank aims to improve the efficiency of its services and reduce lines in its branches by extending its payment network, among other measures.

In addition to using debit cards to pay for public and private services in various stores, including supermarkets, customers of BNCR now have the ability to withdraw cash (cashback) in those outlets.

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