The EON Starter is such a curious thing. There was much marketing about it but not enough information online about it. I’ve hounded the EON CSR team on Twitter 💙 and thankfully they were patient enough to answer all my questions (I didn’t ask them all in one day, but rather in a span of several months).
So now that I’m perfectly content with my EON Starter Account (I’ve upgraded to Lite account by the way), I think I should share with you what I’ve learned just in case you’re also searching for answers.
Q: Where is the EON Starter Kit available?
A. It comes free when you open an EON Cyber account. It’s supposedly available in 7-11 and Ministop stores but none of the stores I went to (in Manila) had them. They’re also supposedly being sold on Lazada but it’s not listed now. When I asked CSR about this, he/she gave me a link which I think they put up specifically just to have it available on Lazada again. Best just ask them again for a link.
Q: How much is one card?
A: It’s P150.
Q: Can you withdraw thru an ATM?
A: No. The EON Starter is not applicable for an ATM withdrawal.
Q: What use can you get out of the EON Starter?
A: The EON Starter can be used to pay your utility bills, purchases at retail or online stores, and buy airtime load, prepaid credits and other stuff online or in-app.
Q: Is there a monthly cap to how much money you transact with?
A: There is a cap of P5,000 but it doesn’t renew every month. Once you’ve reached P5,000, you have to upgrade your account to EON Lite in order to keep using your card. Once you’ve upgraded, you’ll have a monthly limit of P50,000.
Q: How do you upgrade to Lite?
A: Download the EON app and register your account there. The pamphlet the card came in also has instructions. When you are registered, you’ll see a small icon beside your account number which will allow you to request for an upgrade.
Q: Are there any requirements to upgrade to Lite?
Q: If I received a free Starter card when I opened a Cyber account, what can I use it for?
A: You can give it to your younger sibling or child to use for purchasing online or when going out with friends so you’ll be rest assured he/she’ll have some extra money on hand.
Q: Can you use this to link to Paypal?
A: Yes. Linking to Paypal is one way for you to cash-in money into your Starter account.
Q: What other ways can you cash-in money into your account?
A: You can cash-in through 7-11, they say. I haven’t tried personally. You can’t deposit through bank. If you have a Cyber account, you can deposit to it then just transfer the amount to the Starter card. If you don’t have a Cyber account, best to just upgrade to Lite because you’ll be able to transact through bank and ATM once approved.
Your EON Starter comes with a pre-loaded P50. So it’ll be like you only spent P100 for the card. And if you got it with your Cyber, then that’s a free fifty pesos.