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Singtel launches the first virtual Visa account in Singapore

Starting tomorrow, Singtel's Dash customers will be able to do mobile payments at over 50,000 merchant points in Singapore through Dash Visa Virtual Account. 

This virtual Visa account will be added to their Dash app automatically, according to a press statement on July 20, 2017. Customers just need to sign in on the Dash app and top-up their Dash Visa accounts and start using them.

Photo courtesy: Singtel
Photo courtesy: Singtel

Besides Dash merchants, the account can also be used to complete payments on local e-commerce sites such as Qoo10, Zalora and HungryGoWhere.

Customers with compatible NFC-enabled Android smartphones will also be able to pay using their Dash Visa accounts wherever Visa payWave is accepted, such as at popular merchants, Sheng Siong, Spinelli and Toastbox.

“Just one year on from re-launch, we are pleased to expand our payments universe with Visa," said Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel. "We are always seeking new ways to enhance Dash’s functionality and convenience to stay relevant to our customers’ changing lifestyle habits.”

“Singaporeans are becoming more digitally engaged and smartphones have become an integral part of their lives. Based on research that we have conducted, 2 out of 3 Singaporeans have made a payment using their smartphones, and it is even more popular amongst millennials,” according to Ooi Huey Tyng, Visa Country Manager for Singapore & Brunei. 

There are also future plans for Dash to be included in global wallets such as Apple Pay. Singtel also intends to make the app QR code-enabled, so that it can used to make payments at hawker centres as well.

In addition to Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic, Dash is also working towards adding more educational institutions to its merchant list to widen its reach in the youth segment.

"Dash's goal is to deliver ubiquitous mobile payments for everyone in Singapore. With Dash Visa, customers can now enjoy paying with their mobile at more than 50,000 physical merchant points and also on e-commerce sites. We look forward to introducing more innovative enhancements that will add value to our customers' digital lives," said Yuen. 

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.