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#1 sweet_pinay

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:50 PM

Hello guys I would like to ask some filipina here about sending Money. We always used remit home to send money to my family and i told my husband to used a xoom which is cheaper than remit home and he found on facebook advertisement this site   https://www.remitly....campaign=c_0036 

 

This is more cheap than remit home and xoom but I'm curious if this site is safer to send money to the Philippines . 

 

Is anybody used this site to send money in the Phil. ? If so let me know 

 

 

Actually I didn't know were to post this topic   :) but i hope i'm on the right section :) 

 

 

Thanks Jen.


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October 18, 2010 : Started talking in computer every day
November 18, 2010 : I Recieve flowers i'm so surprice he never told anything that he send a gift, i'm verry happy at that time
November 30, 2010 : Meet in person at Davao airport
December 3 , 2010 : Meet my family

December 4, 2010 : He propose to marry
December 7, 2010 : Went to CDO to meet my sister ,spending time at the beach and to catch crabs and shells
December 16,2010 : Went back to Davao
December 18,2010 : Engagement party
December 20, 2010 : Leaving in Davao going to Manila
December 21, 2010 : Back to U.S
January 28,2011 : Sent letters to USCIS
February 4, 2011 : NOA1 Receipt
February 14, 2011 : Surprise again i receive flowers from my honey a very lovely red roses
March 16, 2011 :I receive Card from my honey bug with 470 philippine peso ^_^
May 16,2011 : they send our NOA2 yahoo.. APPROVE! yay ^_^
May 24, 2011 : Recieve letter again and its our MNL case number Woooooooooo.(^_^)
June after period going to manila for my medical lol
July 5, 2011 ....... Interiew
july 4,2011 : vaccine, its four shot.they wont issue my Cd unless if i took sputum sisghh... delay interview..
July 5, 2011 : Sputum 5,6,7 got the sputum result its negative wait for 2 months for culture.
july 6, 2011 : Done my CFO
September 2 2011 : Call to st.luke for the result hope its a birth day gift i can get the result on sept. 2 :)
September 19, 2011 : Went back to manila to get my CD at st.luke
September 22,2011 : Iinterview ........Visa Approve[/color
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October 2011.... CFO stamp done!
October 11 2011 ... arrive in the U.S.A finally spending my honey already ^_^
October 18,2011 ...My wedding day!

November 12,2011..... Receive my SSN Number Card



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#2 rbacon

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

Hello guys I would like to ask some filipina here about sending Money. We always used remit home to send money to my family and i told my husband to used a xoom which is cheaper than remit home and he found on facebook advertisement this site   https://www.remitly....campaign=c_0036

 

This is more cheap than remit home and xoom but I'm curious if this site is safer to send money to the Philippines . 

 

Is anybody used this site to send money in the Phil. ? If so let me know 

 

 

Actually I didn't know were to post this topic   :) but i hope i'm on the right section :)

 

 

Thanks Jen.

XOOM has been my favorite remittance service for the last three years.  I send 1 or 2 remittances most every week to a bank account in the PI, and it gets there in about 30 minutes.  The $4.95 per send works fine for me.



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:29 PM

Thank you Sir ray but have you heard about remitly.com just wondering if this site is safe to used . we always used remit home and i'm trying to save some penny's :) so i always as my husband to switch xoom  coz its only 4.95 compare remit home $10 and the remitly is only 2.99 and its  higher rate compare xoom  but i'm scared if its safe or scam .


******Our time line******

(^_^)___(^_^)




October 18, 2010 : Started talking in computer every day
November 18, 2010 : I Recieve flowers i'm so surprice he never told anything that he send a gift, i'm verry happy at that time
November 30, 2010 : Meet in person at Davao airport
December 3 , 2010 : Meet my family

December 4, 2010 : He propose to marry
December 7, 2010 : Went to CDO to meet my sister ,spending time at the beach and to catch crabs and shells
December 16,2010 : Went back to Davao
December 18,2010 : Engagement party
December 20, 2010 : Leaving in Davao going to Manila
December 21, 2010 : Back to U.S
January 28,2011 : Sent letters to USCIS
February 4, 2011 : NOA1 Receipt
February 14, 2011 : Surprise again i receive flowers from my honey a very lovely red roses
March 16, 2011 :I receive Card from my honey bug with 470 philippine peso ^_^
May 16,2011 : they send our NOA2 yahoo.. APPROVE! yay ^_^
May 24, 2011 : Recieve letter again and its our MNL case number Woooooooooo.(^_^)
June after period going to manila for my medical lol
July 5, 2011 ....... Interiew
july 4,2011 : vaccine, its four shot.they wont issue my Cd unless if i took sputum sisghh... delay interview..
July 5, 2011 : Sputum 5,6,7 got the sputum result its negative wait for 2 months for culture.
july 6, 2011 : Done my CFO
September 2 2011 : Call to st.luke for the result hope its a birth day gift i can get the result on sept. 2 :)
September 19, 2011 : Went back to manila to get my CD at st.luke
September 22,2011 : Iinterview ........Visa Approve[/color
October 2011 .......Receive my pocket
October 2011.... CFO stamp done!
October 11 2011 ... arrive in the U.S.A finally spending my honey already ^_^
October 18,2011 ...My wedding day!

November 12,2011..... Receive my SSN Number Card



****Where both happy now and waiting to be together again****

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 12:00 AM

Yes, I've heard of all the other remittance services.  XOOM works fine and the fees are fine with me.  I wouldn't switch to another service to save $2 on $500 remittances when I have never had a bad experience with XOOM.

 

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Thank you Sir ray but have you heard about remitly.com just wondering if this site is safe to used . we always used remit home and i'm trying to save some penny's :) so i always as my husband to switch xoom  coz its only 4.95 compare remit home $10 and the remitly is only 2.99 and its  higher rate compare xoom  but i'm scared if its safe or scam .



#5 Fritz

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:18 AM

BBB gives them an A-.  BBB has had no feedback positive or negative & gives the standard warning of be careful with a new company.  They are not BBB accredited, but that is a status that requires paying a fee for an official BBB Accreditation seal.

 

Scamadvisor gives them a trustworthy rating based on no negative reports & being open about their officers and location.

 

Exchange rate is similar to Xoom.  As I write this, Xoom offers P39.70=$1 and Remitly offers P39.88=$1

 

The reported investors give this company an air of legitimacy.  Here is an old article posted at http://www.geekwire....ash-jeff-bezos/

(The company name is Beamit.  They adopted Remitly as the name for their remittance service shortly after this was written)

Beamit Mobile
April 11, 2012 at 8:37 am by John Cook 3 Comments

Seattle startup Beamit Mobile has raised $2.4 million in fresh financing from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures, Founder’s Co-op and Bezos Expeditions, the venture capital firm of Jeff Bezos. The money will be used to continue development of the company’s technology, which allows immigrants to transfer money to mobile phones in developing countries.

“These investors share our vision of enabling a faster, less expensive and far more convenient way for sending money across borders,” said founder Matt Oppenheimer who came up with the idea while overseeing mobile and Internet banking for Barclays Bank Kenya.

“Many Kenyans received money in an old and antiquated way using a cash-based system on both ends but it was an expensive and a painful customer experience,” says Oppenheimer. “I knew that there was the opportunity to leverage digital channels, including mobile phones, to improve the lives of our customers.”

Oppenheimer returned to the U.S. in May 2011, later landing a coveted spot in the TechStars Seattle program. Last October, Beamit recruited Josh Hug — a Seattle entrepreneur who previously sold online book social network Shelfari to Amazon.com and his mentor at TechStars — as chief product officer.

The new round of funding includes a $750,000 convertible note, which we previously reported on here. Beamit is currently testing its technology with a small number of customers who can transfer money from the U.S. to the Philippines.

The market for money transfers is a big one, with Oppenheimer noting that the World Bank estimates that $350 billion of remittances are transferred each year with an average cost of more than $27. It’s primary competitor is Xoom.

 

I had not heard of this company before, but based on what is available in Tech News publications they are likely to be honest.  However they do not yet have a track record, so keep that in mind when vetting this service yourself.

 

The adventure continues

Fritz


Edited by Fritz, 13 January 2013 - 04:23 AM.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

If you have used Xoom before why the need to try a new site just for saving a few dollars?  I'd still go for something that is a bit expensive but but also giving me peace of mind.  Well, it's just me.


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#7 Fritz

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

If you have used Xoom before why the need to try a new site just for saving a few dollars?  I'd still go for something that is a bit expensive but but also giving me peace of mind.  Well, it's just me.

So I should have stuck with WU instead of switching to Xoom to save a few dollars? WU is a little more expensive, but has an excellent track record...I knew less about Xoom at the time I made the choice to "save a few dollars with something new" than I know about Remitly.com today and I had experienced no problems with WU at all, other than less money (vs Xoom) arriving in Cebu for the same dollar amount spent.

 

When there are options available, then there is a choice to make.  The request was for more information to base a choice on.   "Why switch?" is a non-responsive answer with a simple answer.  If the cost is less, then the payout is more, for exactly the same dollar/euro expense.

 

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:27 PM

They have their onw Facebook account and they have their own review from the customer. So i guess its legit. :)


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#9 Fritz

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:39 AM

My experience so far has been no problems.  I switched to Remitly about the time I put up the previous response.  On the receiving end in my case there is no difference as the money is picked up at a L'Huillier location.

 

The benefits (for me) are

Lower cost per transaction

Higher exchange rate per transaction

Debit Card rewards earned.

 

For a bank to bank transfer with a 3-5 day delay acceptable, Remitly offers no cost transfers.  I have not had a chance to try this option, but it is an option that is offered.

 

Strictly anecdotal, but so far the only problem I have had was right after I made an online purchase from a store in Manila.  My bank put a hold on the debit card, so I just used Xoom one time and went to the bank to add a note to my account to let their watchdogs know that I make occasional purchases from Philippine stores.

 

With nearly 6 months of transactions now, I will be staying with Remitly and use Xoom as a backup option.  I have had good experiences with both and will continue to use Xoom occasionally when there is a need or advantage.

 

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 05:08 AM

I been using remitly on a monthly basis of sending money to my savings account in the PI. for 4 months now. I like their exchange rate and its Free for sending $100 and up, bank to bank transaction for 5 days processing. And I been using the free bank to bank transaction twice with no problems and when I call them there's always someone who would attend to your call and queries.

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#11 GregOry

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:40 AM

Advantage to Xoom right now.  Use code: july4free to send from the USA to the Philippines right NOW.

 

Cost = Free  And you can send to pickup in US dollars and get a better exchange rate somewhere else.  Actually sometimes the pickup location will give a pretty good rate.  This works from both a credit card or bank account on sending end.  This works for pickup in cash or deposit to an account on the recieving end.

 

I'm going to check out that Remilty also.  Thanks for the info.

 

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 01:00 PM

They have their onw Facebook account and they have their own review from the customer. So i guess its legit. :)

I, personally, would not place any value whatsoever on someone/someplace having their own facebook account. Facebook accounts are easy to make, and provide no validity to whether a company is real or legit.

Edit: As clarification, I am not saying the company being discussed here is legit or not legit, I am just saying that basing the decision on whether or not a company has a facebook account is probably not a good method.

Edited by MrkGrismer, 08 July 2013 - 01:01 PM.

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:06 PM

We have been using xoom for years, it always works well and get's there very quickly.  The only problem we ever had was when her sister left home and no one else in the home had valid I.D.

 

We sent her mother to the local city hall to obtain I.D, she had no birth certiciate or anything like that.  finally, when she sent all the paperwork in it came back two weeks later being rejected.  

 

On the forms she had completed she had "underestimated' her age and when they checked it in her home town it came back as wrong.  We had to get her to tell the truth.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:09 PM

We have been using Xoom for years now.  Never any problems.

 

We had sent an ATM card to the RP but with bank fees and now ATM transaction fees Xoom is our best route.



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 12:20 AM

Tried Remitly recently and I guess I am a happy camper.  They have better exchange rates and the service is also good. I just got paranoid the first time I used it since they called the number I gave them and asked for a copy of my ID (i.e. driver's license, etc.).


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Oct 22, 2012 - Got a copy of our marriage certificate and applied for SSN
Oct 26, 2012 - Mailed I-485 and other docs for Adjustment of Status
Oct 29, 2012 - Got my SSN from the mail
Nov 9, 2012 - Received Biometrics appointment in the mail
Dec 3, 2012 - Biometrics appointment (failed due to some dryness in the fingers)
Jan 7, 2012 - Biometrics appointment again 
Jan 15, 2012 - EAD/AP combo card arrived from the mail
Mar 14, 2013 - AOS interview. Result: "For Review"
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