On May 17, 2020, Boost e-wallet sent out an update to its users to inform them of changes that they would be implementing for the wallet sizes of Basic and Premium Wallet users.
The changes are
effective starting May 18, 2020, and in essence, the wallet sizes have been
Basic Wallet users previously
had a limit of RM200, which meant that users were only able to reload or top-up
a maximum of RM200 each time. Now, that limit has been increased to RM1,000.
Likewise, the limit
for Premium Wallet users has been increased from RM1,500 to RM4,999.
Following the update, some other changes besides wallet size were also made. Here’s what you need to know.
For Basic Wallet
Those of us who are
using the Basic Wallet will experience these changes starting May 18:
- You can now top up a maximum of RM1,000, as mentioned earlier,
- The monthly transaction limit for payments has been increased from RM1,000 to RM2,000,
- To register as a new user, you only need to provide your mobile number now, instead of basic identification documents which were previously needed,
- You can no longer carry out Electronic Money Transfers (sending money from your Boost account to your family or friends’ Boost account).
For Premium Wallet
Those of us who are
using the Premium Wallet will experience these changes starting May 18:
- You can now top up a maximum of RM4,999, as mentioned earlier,
- The monthly transaction limit for payments and Electronic Money transfers combined is RM4,999 in total,
- You can only have 1 Premium Wallet per ID,
- In the event that you have more than 1 Premium Wallet, you had to have chosen your preferred one by May 18, and the remaining wallets will now be treated as Basic Wallets,
- If you didn’t choose your preferred Premium Wallet by May 18, all the wallets are now treated as Basic Wallets.
No More Cash Out
Previously, Boost would allow users to cash out money from their Boost accounts into their bank accounts.
However, as shared in an in-app announcement, they would now be disabling this feature.
Both new wallet users (new Premium and new Basic Wallet) will not be able to make fund transfers out to banks to ensure users’ funds are safely kept within the wallet, and to avoid the risks of having unauthorised transactions to a third-party account.
Upgrading From A
Basic Wallet To A Premium Wallet
If you’re a new user
to Boost or had all of your Premium Wallets turned into Basic ones, here’s how
According to Boost, you’d have to submit your mobile number, name as per ID, preferred name, email address, ID number or if necessary, ID documentation (only MyKad, MyPR or a valid passport is accepted).
You would then need to add cash into your wallet at least once with a minimum of RM10.
After that, Boost will vet your application for acceptance or rejection.
We’ve reached out to a Boost representative to clarify some information about the May 18, 2020 update, and are awaiting a response. We’ll update this piece when they reply.
- You can read more on what we’ve written about Boost here.