Neteller vs Skrill

With the steady expansion and rapid development of online gambling, the need for a stable, reliable and safe method for transferring money online has become as much of an element of the gaming process as the games themselves. Having an e-wallet account which you can use to effortlessly transfer money for a multitude of online purposes is one of the best and most secure banking models available today. We are going to look at the two leading e-wallet providers on the market: Neteller and Skrill (or Moneybookers). Of course, both offer a plethora of additional services and options which we will examine, some briefly and others in more detail.

In order to conclude which service is better or, let’s say “easier to recommend” we will be looking at several key characteristics in both Neteller and Skrill: Functionality (ease of use); Pricing; Availability; Prepaid MasterCard Programs; Safety and security standards and finally, Limits for deposits and withdrawals.

These should give us enough insight as to assess which is the right e-wallet for you. Let’s begin.

First impressions
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With the recent re-design of their website, Skrill (former Moneybookers) is even friendlier and more welcoming to new and old users. They have been in the money transferring business since 2001 and have accumulated a loyal member base of over 35 million people in over 200 countries (using 40 currencies). Their creed seems to be to simplify and speed up the process for transferring your money online with the least amount of hassle and information needed.
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Neteller on the other hand is a tad older and, dare we say “more traditional” both in terms of design and philosophy. They’ve been around since 1999 and have successfully integrated the newest methods for transferring funds on the internet. They offer a multitude of services and methods for secure and reliable transfer of different currencies.
Ease of use / functionality

When it comes to the initial setup of the online account at both services, the process is streamlined and pretty straightforward – the user chooses his/hers country of residence along with desired transfer currency (note that Skrill has 40 currencies available while Neteller offers only 18) and personal details as well as banking information.

As for the available options for the actual transfer to/from your online account, both Neteller and Skrill cover the standard array of credit cards (VISA, Mastercard). The differences come mostly in the form of country availability, fees and time required for delivery which will be discussed below.

Pricing

All right, things are now starting to get interesting. Let’s see how the two services compare in terms of pricing of their transfers.

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Deposits to account


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In Neteller’s case, the initial deposit from your bank account will see a fee depending on the country (bank) you are currently using. Some deposits are free (again depending on the bank and country) both most will see a fee of 1.5%-7.5% of the deposit.
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Skrill on the other hand, offers a free bank transfer from all countries listed.

Lastly, deposits to your Neteller or Skirll account from a credit card also vary in terms of deposit fee. At Skrill, you get a fixed 1.90% for using American Express, VISA / Mastercard, JCB or Diners Club while at Neteller, there’s a varied fee for every credit card (1.17-4.95% for VISA; 1.75-4.95% for Master Card; etc)

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Sending money to third parties (gambling sites, etc.)

Both Neteller and Skrill have support on many gambling websites and the majority of them do not enforce any fee for deposing money.

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Receiving money from third parties (gambling sites, etc.)

There’s a standard policy of 2 hours for the transfer of money from the third party to the e-wallet account, which can be extended further on behest of the company.

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Withdrawals from account

Again there’s a difference in the fee policy between Neteller and Skrill when the withdrawals are concerned.

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Neteller’s Bank Draft costs from 7.5 EUR to 25 EUR; Bank Transfer – 7.5 EUR; Cheque – 7.5 EUR; Net+ Prepaid MasterCard is Free – 4 EUR, etc.
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Skrill on the other hand, has a fixed fee on all bank transfer fees for withdrawals (when applicable) of 1.80 EUR; Cheque fee is 3.50 EUR and the VISA fee is 1.80 EUR in all countries when applicable.

It is clear that Skrill beats Neteller to the punch by offering lower fees and more availability from both credit card and bank transfer.

Accepting countries
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Neteller is available in over 180 countries worldwide, though US citizens are unable to join after the company has been relocated from Canada to the Island of Man.
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Skrill as well doesn’t include the USA for eligible countries for money transfer, though their list of over 200 other states is enough to warrant an extension when compared to the list offered by Neteller.
Prepaid MasterCard offers

Both Neteller and Skrill have an offer for a Prepaid MasterCard so we will examine them in more detail.

Skrill Prepaid MasterCard

The Prepaid Card allows for FREE shopping and worldwide withdrawal with no monthly fees

Let’s start with the Skrill Prepaid MasterCard. It has the “best European Prepaid Card award” which should testify for its credibility and reliability. The Prepaid Card allows for FREE shopping and worldwide withdrawal with no monthly fees; full transaction history; 4 available currencies (EUR, GBP, PLN, USD). It also comes with an option for a Personal or Business account, each with different options and benefits.

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All in all Skrill has several advantages over Neteller, but prepaid MasterCard product of Neteller wins the battle over Skrill MasterCard

Neteller’s Net+ Prepaid Master Card has couple of advantages up its sleeve. The Daily ATM cash withdrawal limit is set to 3300 USD which is a great thing for when you need instant cash and you are near an ATM. It also has the option for online and offline payment worldwide. There’s no annual, monthly or dormancy fees either. Neteller are also proud of their 128 bit encryption which coupled with their secure payment systems creates an impregnable barrier for outside influences. They are dedicated to ensure a stable and unparalleled money transfer experience no matter where you are in the world (either offline, or online).
Safety and security

In terms of online and offline safety (when using their Prepaid Credit Cards) both e-wallets are outperforming for the benefit of their customers.

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Skrill’s Bank-level security abides by the Payments Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS Level 1) which is a fancy name for a digital fortress where encryption protocols, data security and online support play a key role for delivering the best possible user satisfaction on the market. Since Skrill’s been having some issues regarding duplicate sites and agents claiming to represent Skrill in order to steal user-information and potentially harm their brand, the company has been enforcing a strict policy for informing and maintaining constant sweeps of these sorts of illegal actions. This just shows the dedication and hard work of their online support team which is available for contact 24/7 for either technical difficulties or reporting an issue.
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Neteller also boasts a number of notable security protocols such as a 128-bit encryption technology, identity verification and real-time transaction monitoring for complete user discretion. They’ve added a 3-D Secure technology supported by Visa and Master Card for enhanced Credit Card security.
Offered limits for deposits/withdrawals

When it comes to limiting the amount of money you can transfer to and from your e-wallet, both services differ from one another. We will start with Neteller first then move on to Skrill.

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After the initial sign up, your account at Neteller is considered “Unverified” and can only hold up to 2850 USD as a “maximum lifetime funding”. The maximum for credit or debit card deposits is limited to 150 USD. You can deposit more than the specified amount of money, however your account will be frozen and you won’t have access to it unless you provide evidence for verification.

After your account has been officially verified, the options to withdrawal funds as well as larger deposit limits are available. Deposits up to 4000 USD when using credit or debit cards or Get2Pay prepaid cards can be made every 30 days (or higher, depending on the country of residence). Through the bank account, a maximum of 400,000 USD on a monthly basis can be made in deposits. If you plan on using Ukash or PaySafeCard, the limits are set at 5000 USD every 30 days.

To lift the limitations even higher, the Neteller VIP program is available. For more information concerning the VIP program, head over to Neteller’s website.

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Now, at Skrill’s side of things, the same thing goes when you create your free account – you have to prove your identity by verifying either you banking information, address or ID. Unless you do so, you are stuck with a limiting €2500 overall or a single transaction over €1000. The Credit Card limits apply as well for offline and online use (up to 1000 EUR) and withdrawals up to 250 EUR (these values might vary once you convert to another currency).

If you want to get even better options for bigger withdrawals/deposits for all banking options at Skrill (including the e-wallet, prepaid Master Card and money transfers) there VIP Skrill club is available. There are several levels, each with added benefits.

Conclusion

If you are a US citizen, the choice for an e-wallet between Skrill and Neteller is very simple – you won’t be choosing either since the USA is not support. However, everybody else (especially European citizen) have a quality e-wallets on both sides.

Overall, the options offered by Skrill seem to weight more favorably with consumers (lower fees, better coverage) while the security levels for both are top notch.

Best choice:
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