Annoyed with Sprint Prepaid Citi Card

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Annoyed with Sprint Prepaid Citi Card

Postby popamode72 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:40 pm

I've tried absolutely everything to try to make this debit card I got from Sprint with $255 dollars in it usable, but have found nothing that works. Not even adding the funds to my new Bluebird account from Amex worked either. I got this card as a result of switching over from AT&T and Sprint reimbursing me for the termination fees. I guess if there's nothing else I can use it for like paying a credit card bill, I might as well just see if there's anything I could buy with it or use it towards my next Sprint bill. What do you think?
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Postby yfan » Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:56 pm

It's a Visa, isn't it? You should be able to use it for anything you can use any other Visa for, as long as it's a purchase. These cards do not, however, offer you cash access (which is what it would take to fund the accounts you speak of). You can pay your Sprint bill - or any other bill that takes credit card payments, you can pay for your meal at a restaurant, or, do what I do when I get these kinds of gift cards: fund your Starbucks gift card account. This only works if you at least somewhat regularly go to Starbucks. But if you do, you can get rewards for using your card or the Starbucks app.

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Postby popamode72 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:25 pm

yfan wrote:It's a Visa, isn't it? You should be able to use it for anything you can use any other Visa for, as long as it's a purchase. These cards do not, however, offer you cash access (which is what it would take to fund the accounts you speak of). You can pay your Sprint bill - or any other bill that takes credit card payments, you can pay for your meal at a restaurant, or, do what I do when I get these kinds of gift cards: fund your Starbucks gift card account. This only works if you at least somewhat regularly go to Starbucks. But if you do, you can get rewards for using your card or the Starbucks app.


I still have the Starbucks gift card that Discover sent me months ago. That sounds like a good idea. Perhaps I can use part of that to fund it some more seeing as how I usually go to Starbucks when I'm at my college and use the rest of it to either pay some of my Sprint bill and buy some Christmas gifts on the side.
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Postby PlyrStar93 » Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:04 am

Sounds like you already worked a way out.

If you pay phone bill, it should not take long to drain the card. Also, if you are in a group/family plan (I'm not familiar with Sprint, and don't know if they offer such), you can pay everyone's bill to drain the card faster, and ask for cash from others. Utility bills are also fine, but you may be charged extra fee, and I used to pre-pay more than one month's money at one time. You may also buy Amazon gift cards and shop there. Should you need textbooks next semester, it's also fine.
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Below may be a VERY bad advice from me. Maybe impractical for you. You may waste a lot of time on this and not achieve what you want, unless you are familiar with the techniques.

If you can get to an OfficeMax recently, then use the card and another payment method to buy at least $300 of Visa gift cards (issued by Metabank, $100 + $200 should be fine, $200 + $200 also fine). You will get $20 off, so it can effectively offset the activation fees. Split tender should be able to be done if you ask nicely. Then, load these cards to your Bluebird at Walmart using Kate.

Downside is it may take a lot of effort, and there may not be an OfficeMax near you. Gift cards in OfficeMax may be out of stock, and Walmart Kate may be broken, and Walmarts near you may not have a Kate. Since you mentioned Bluebird, I would just mention this approach, though. It's always YMMV, there are reports of no split tender allowed, and etc. If you feel not good about this, just ignore what I said.
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BTW, you cannot do online debit loads to Bluebird using prepaid debit card, which is what you use. Only bank debit cards (i.e. d/c's associated with a bank account) are allowed. Also, if your card does not have a PIN, it will not work with Kate, and that's why for buying Visa gift cards with PIN available.
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Postby popamode72 » Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:49 am

PlyrStar93 wrote:Sounds like you already worked a way out.

If you pay phone bill, it should not take long to drain the card. Also, if you are in a group/family plan (I'm not familiar with Sprint, and don't know if they offer such), you can pay everyone's bill to drain the card faster, and ask for cash from others. Utility bills are also fine, but you may be charged extra fee, and I used to pre-pay more than one month's money at one time. You may also buy Amazon gift cards and shop there. Should you need textbooks next semester, it's also fine.
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Below may be a VERY bad advice from me. Maybe impractical for you. You may waste a lot of time on this and not achieve what you want, unless you are familiar with the techniques.

If you can get to an OfficeMax recently, then use the card and another payment method to buy at least $300 of Visa gift cards (issued by Metabank, $100 + $200 should be fine, $200 + $200 also fine). You will get $20 off, so it can effectively offset the activation fees. Split tender should be able to be done if you ask nicely. Then, load these cards to your Bluebird at Walmart using Kate.

Downside is it may take a lot of effort, and there may not be an OfficeMax near you. Gift cards in OfficeMax may be out of stock, and Walmart Kate may be broken, and Walmarts near you may not have a Kate. Since you mentioned Bluebird, I would just mention this approach, though. It's always YMMV, there are reports of no split tender allowed, and etc. If you feel not good about this, just ignore what I said.
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BTW, you cannot do online debit loads to Bluebird using prepaid debit card, which is what you use. Only bank debit cards (i.e. d/c's associated with a bank account) are allowed. Also, if your card does not have a PIN, it will not work with Kate, and that's why for buying Visa gift cards with PIN available.


I'm on a group plan right now with my sister and the Amazon gift cards also sound like a great idea. I shop there all the time. Using it to buy some textbooks I need for next semester also sounds like something I'd be interested in.

That method you mentioned below intrigues me. I looked up a blog post online about it to know more and it's saying that method will also work with Vanilla Reloads. I'm not really sure though if I'd have time to do all of that though so I think the best way to go in my situation would be to go ahead and buy some Amazon gift cards, pay some of my bill, and use the rest to load up my Starbucks card.
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