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Old 08-21-2015   #1 (permalink)
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An app to make expat life in Mexico simple

This sounds interesting, at least to me. Read it and let me know what you think of it.


"AN APP TO MAKE EXPAT LIFE IN MEXICO SIMPLE
Thomas Umstad/RMN | August 21, 2015
Two young Mexican entrepreneurs have developed an app to make life easier for expats and foreigners in Mexico.
The app, which is called SimplePay, provides several key services for users. First, it allows people to pay their utility bills online. Bills such as TelMex, CFE, water and gas can be paid for using the app.
Since the application will also partner with government agencies and HOA administrations, it allows foreigners and expats to pay fees and fideicomisos in the same place anywhere they happen to be.
Oscar Herrera, CEO of SimplePay, explained, “Living for so many years involved in the American community in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta and now Tijuana) has opened my eyes to all the inefficiencies that Mexico has yet to offer. That is why we developed SimplePay, an app for Americans in Mexico who are used to efficient processes that exist in the US.
Other advantages of the app will include the ability to make service purchases online such as insurance and real estate titles. The app will also offer an on-demand assist. Through SimplePay’s app, users can request a call-back from a bilingual assistant to help them in any circumstance.
“It is very common for my English-speaking (rusty-Spanish) neighbors to ask me for help translating to lawyers, doctors, cleaning lady, and more… So I said, let’s also develop a simple way for someone to request a call-back and a bilingual assistant will translate anything you need on-demand,” explained Herrera.
SimplePay was developed by Alejandro Vargas (25), a programmer who has worked on General Electric projects and Oscar Herrera (27), a serial entrepreneur. SimplePay is anticipated to be available between September and October of 2015. The SimplePay app works with Android, iPhone and the web."
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Wow, I think this is brilliant. It definitely fills a need, which is what the best apps do!

Too bad it's a bit late for Pauley
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Wow, I think this is brilliant. It definitely fills a need, which is what the best apps do!

Too bad it's a bit late for Pauley
The joke is getting old.
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The joke is getting old.
It wasn't REALLY a joke! These are the kinds of things that were so hard for him to figure out, and he understands internet transactions, so I think something like this would be very helpful for someone like him.

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This sounds interesting, at least to me. Read it and let me know what you think of it.


"AN APP TO MAKE EXPAT LIFE IN MEXICO SIMPLE
Thomas Umstad/RMN | August 21, 2015
Two young Mexican entrepreneurs have developed an app to make life easier for expats and foreigners in Mexico.
The app, which is called SimplePay, provides several key services for users. First, it allows people to pay their utility bills online. Bills such as TelMex, CFE, water and gas can be paid for using the app.
Since the application will also partner with government agencies and HOA administrations, it allows foreigners and expats to pay fees and fideicomisos in the same place anywhere they happen to be.
Oscar Herrera, CEO of SimplePay, explained, “Living for so many years involved in the American community in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta and now Tijuana) has opened my eyes to all the inefficiencies that Mexico has yet to offer. That is why we developed SimplePay, an app for Americans in Mexico who are used to efficient processes that exist in the US.
Other advantages of the app will include the ability to make service purchases online such as insurance and real estate titles. The app will also offer an on-demand assist. Through SimplePay’s app, users can request a call-back from a bilingual assistant to help them in any circumstance.
“It is very common for my English-speaking (rusty-Spanish) neighbors to ask me for help translating to lawyers, doctors, cleaning lady, and more… So I said, let’s also develop a simple way for someone to request a call-back and a bilingual assistant will translate anything you need on-demand,” explained Herrera.
SimplePay was developed by Alejandro Vargas (25), a programmer who has worked on General Electric projects and Oscar Herrera (27), a serial entrepreneur. SimplePay is anticipated to be available between September and October of 2015. The SimplePay app works with Android, iPhone and the web."
I think it's great. I would definitely use it.
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A couple years on, now: anybody using this? Or using something like Switch or other services for paying local utility bills?

We're here now but this could be better for us, both for the sake of convenience and because it seems that SimplePay, at least, allows for payment via a credit card not registered in Mexico (unlike for example what CFE info says about Switch)...
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“Living for so many years involved in the American community in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta and now Tijuana) has opened my eyes to all the inefficiencies that Mexico has yet to offer..."
Whoa, "..all the inefficiencies Mexico has yet to offer?" You mean there's more yet to come? You betcha! Plenty more inefficiencies out there yet to be offered that we don't know about - it's part of the appeal, not to mention the irony of not offering yet another inefficiency. Sounds like a great idea for an app - if somebody out there would just get to work on it. (I would, but I'm taking my siesta. Maybe later...)
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A couple years on, now: anybody using this? Or using something like Switch or other services for paying local utility bills?

We're here now but this could be better for us, both for the sake of convenience and because it seems that SimplePay, at least, allows for payment via a credit card not registered in Mexico (unlike for example what CFE info says about Switch)...
Nope. I really have no issues paying my utilities in cash. It´s not the end of the world for me. I pay my CFE (smart card) at an abarrote near my house, I pay my TelMex at the machine on a Sunday morning, and that´s all I have for monthly bills besides rent. I don´t have a credit card to use for things like that. I only have a debit card for my quincena, and I have no interest in programming that information into an app so paying in cash is just fine with me.
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Nope. I really have no issues paying my utilities in cash. It´s not the end of the world for me. I pay my CFE (smart card) at an abarrote near my house, I pay my TelMex at the machine on a Sunday morning, and that´s all I have for monthly bills besides rent. I don´t have a credit card to use for things like that. I only have a debit card for my quincena, and I have no interest in programming that information into an app so paying in cash is just fine with me.
I am with her. I pay my CFE every other month at their payment center not far from my house, and walk around the corner to pay my water bill at the same time. I drive to an Izzi to pay my cable and internet every month. They try to get me to use one of the kiosks, but I like paying the nice woman at Caja 5 inside.

When we are gone, the house sitter pays it.
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I am with her. I pay my CFE every other month at their payment center not far from my house, and walk around the corner to pay my water bill at the same time. I drive to an Izzi to pay my cable and internet every month. They try to get me to use one of the kiosks, but I like paying the nice woman at Caja 5 inside.

When we are gone, the house sitter pays it.
But who pays the house sitter when you're gone?
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But who pays the house sitter when you're gone?
I leave an envelope full of pesos in the designated place. If I put too much in it, they leave change. I do not remember exactly what they charge.
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Not really difficult to pay utility bills here in Mexico!!!! Unless you are completely retarded. Who the hell needs something like that. Come on, is this serious??????
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i pay cash easy peasy.
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A couple years on, now: anybody using this? Or using something like Switch or other services for paying local utility bills?
I've used it from time to time but I think I would migrate to Switch. The exchange rates Simple Pay offer aren't really good but has helped here and there when I needed to pay and not in country.
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I've used it from time to time but I think I would migrate to Switch. The exchange rates Simple Pay offer aren't really good but has helped here and there when I needed to pay and not in country.
That is an important point.

Some of us are in the country full-time, occasionally traveling for a week to a month.
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