Revolut Launches Phone Plans & Apple's Latest Financial Services Update

Revolut Launches Phone Plans & Apple's Latest Financial Services Update
Apple's Latest Financial Services Update

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British fintech heavyweight Revolut has unveiled an innovative travel eSIM plan for U.K. customers.

This pioneering initiative, marking Revolut as the first financial services firm in the country—and among the first globally—to offer telecom plans, showcases the digital banking giant's ambition to evolve into a "super app."

By providing access to data abroad without the burden of roaming charges, Revolut is setting a new standard in how we think about financial and travel services intertwined.

Revolut's travel eSIM plans are designed to cater to a broad spectrum of needs, from the casual traveler to the globe-trotting adventurer. For those subscribed to Revolut’s Ultra tier, the offer includes 3GB of global data that refreshes monthly, ensuring seamless connectivity and financial management on the go. This strategic move not only addresses the growing demand for flexible and integrated travel solutions but also reflects Revolut's commitment to enhancing user experience and fostering a more loyal customer base.

Revolut isn’t the first FinTech ever to launch an eSIM offering. Indian credit card startup Zolve, which helps immigrants set up banking before arriving in the U.S., started offering phone plans attached to physical SIMs and eSIMs in August.

Do you know other FinTechs offering this service? Let me know in the comments below👇

Meanwhile, in another significant development in the FinTech space, Apple has introduced a "Virtual Card Number" feature to Apple Cash with its latest iOS 17.4 update.

This feature allows Apple Cash users to generate a virtual card number for online shopping, extending the utility of Apple Cash beyond Apple Pay's reach.

With every transaction secured by a new security code, this advancement underscores the tech giant's focus on security and convenience, further enriching the digital payments landscape.

Read more FinTech Industry updates I listed for you below, and I'll be back in your inbox tomorrow!




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