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Wise Reviews 2021 [All You Need to Know]

Vincent Nyoike
Vincent Nyoike Banking

Wise, previously known as TransferWise is an online money transfer service that uses mid-market rates to send money across the borders. Wise was founded in London, in the UK, in 2010. It is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The company has seen tremendous growth due to its cheap and easy money transfers across the world. It offers transparent international money transfers at mid-market rates.

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How to Sign Up for Wise Account

You can sign up for a Wise account using Google or Facebook. You will need to verify your email by clicking the link emailed and entering a security code. It can take up to 3 days to verify your Wise account. You will also need to upload an image o your ID to verify your identity. You can take photos of your ID by using your mobile phone.

Wise has excellent features that make it easy to use. They include:

Wise Borderless Account

Wise Borderless Account is a virtual bank account that accepts more than 50 currencies. You can also transfer money to various countries in different currencies. It allows you to send money to another country without necessarily having a bank account in that country. It has a calculator that you can use to calculate the amount of money the recipient will receive.

Wise is operational in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa with offices in some countries within these continents.

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Wise Exchange Rates

Unlike banks and other financial institutions, Wise provides exchange rates at mid-market rates. If you Google the exchange rates, you will notice they are the same as those provided by Wise. Most financial institutions add a markup to the mid-market rates to make profits. However, Wise provides a cheap service fee to make cash transfers.

Wise Debit MasterCard

If you open a Wise borderless account, you will get a MasterCard debit card. You can use it anywhere in the world using the mid-market rates. It comes with zero transaction fees and minimum conversion fees of between 0.35% and 1%. You can use the debit card for:

  • Free payments using the currency on your account.
  • You get free ATM withdraws of up to 200 euros a month.
  • Convert money using real mid-market rates.

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Wise Business Account

If you have a small business, large business, or you are a freelancer; you can use Wise to help you manage your funds. You can use the account to send and receive money at low rates, pay your employees and make borderless cash transfers. You will get a free debit card.

You can integrate your Transfer business Account with Xero for accounting, invoicing and open API. This helps businesses to automate your business' processes. This way, you can easily pay suppliers through batch payments and manage your payroll.

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Wise Routing Number

When using Wise in the US, you will need to use a Routing Number to make domestic or international transfers.  A routing number is a nine-digit number used for identification when making cash transfers in the US.

Banks use routing numbers for transactions like wire transfers ad ACH payments. If you wish to make a domestic ACH transfer, you need to use 026073150 ACH routing number. 

Wise Customer Service

You can contact Wise customer support through email, phone, social media and chat. Therefore, if you have any questions, you can address it to customer support.

Wise App

Wise app is available for iPhone, iPads and Android users. You can check your cash transfer status using the app, while you can also use it to cancel a transfer. Besides, you can make a debit or credit card payment using the app. You can also send verification documents, set up amount lock transfer and make new transfers using previously used details and recipients.

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Wise Fees 

Unlike most financial institutions, Wise does not have hidden fees. All its fees are transparent and you can know the costs you are going to pay before initiating any transaction.

Wise provides U.S routing number, European IBAN and Australian BSB Number free of charge. It is also free to hold over 50 currency balances while you can also receive money in EUR, USD, GBP, PLN, AUD, HUF, RON and NZD free of charge. These are the fees you can expect.

  • Currency conversion 0.035% and 3%
  • Direct debit 0.02%
  • Credit card payments 0.3% and 2% depending on the currency
  • Debit card payments of 0.15% and 2% depending on the currency

How Long Do Wise Transfers Take?

Normally, it takes less than 24 hours to complete a transfer. The interesting thing about Wise is that you can track the progress and estimate the time it will take to complete a transfer. In case there is a major issue during the transfer period, you will get notified through an email. 

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Final Word

Wise is the best money transfer platform if you wish to make cash transfers across the borders. It has cheapest rates while it also provides mid market rates for currency conversions. We highly recommend Wise.