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How to Activate Prepaid MasterCards By Kate Bluest, eHow Contributor

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Living without a means to make electronic payments can be a limited existence. You must have a credit card to make purchases online, rent a car or reserve a hotel room. A prepaid MasterCard allows you to make credit card purchases without acquiring debt. You can apply for these cards without a credit check. Activate your card in minutes through a phone call or via a website.

Instructions

  • 1. Choose a company offering a prepaid MasterCard at the MasterCard website and click the "Get Card" button. You will not need to go through a credit check to get this card.

  • 2. Apply for a prepaid card online. Fill out the application at the company of your choice. These cards often are free and do not come with monthly maintenance fees as long as you maintain the minimum required balance on the card.

  • 3. Buy a prepaid card in a store. Many retail outlets, including department stores and grocery stores, sell prepaid cards.

  • 4. Call the activation number or go to the activation website on the sticker attached the prepaid card when you receive it in the mail. Follow the automated instructions carefully to activate your card. If you bought the card, you may find this information on or in the packaging for the prepaid card.

  • 5. Add money to the card and begin using it. Methods for adding money vary depending on which company's card you select. You can direct-deposit money to the card or electronically transfer money from a bank to the card. Additionally, you can add money to the card using Western Union, MoneyGram or MoneyPak.

Kate Bluest

Based in New York, Kate Bluest has been writing for various online publications since 2005. She has participated in several writing workshops, including the MIT Writing Workshop. Bluest holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from SUNY Empire State College.

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