Applying For A Credit Card Online vs. Over The PhoneOctober 6, 2009 - 1:47 am
There are several methods of applying for a credit card. Two of the quickest methods are completing an application over the phone or completing one online. Each of these methods has benefits that an applicant should understand when applying for a credit card. This will enable them to choose the application method most suited to their specific needs.
There are many advantages to an online credit card application. However, when applying for a credit card online, the applicant will need to access the application over a secure Internet connection. If a secure connection is not available, it is advisable to choose another method of applying. Once security has been established, the process is simple. One benefit of completing the application online is the time frame. The applicant may be asked for specific information such as account balances on other credit cards. An online application will allow time for the applicant to obtain these records without pressure. Many applications also have links to the terms of service (TOS), which allow the applicant to study exactly which benefits and features the card holds for them. This is useful in deciding which credit card will best serve the needs of the applicant.
There are also advantages if you apply for a credit card on the phone. Security is still an issue here. Landlines are usually secure, but cell and wireless phones are less so, especially if they provide Internet access. It is advisable for the applicant to make the credit card application call from a secure phone line, or use an alternative method. One benefit of using a phone to obtain a credit card is one-on-one customer service. If the applicant has any questions or misunderstands any terms during the process they may simply request an explanation from the person processing the application. If an automated system is in place, entering the correct number on the telephone keypad can usually access a live operator. In some instances a live operator may also be able to extend special offers the applicant may not otherwise have heard about. Caution is of the utmost importance in these situations and a complete understanding of all terms, conditions and offers should be obtained.
Deciding which credit card application process is most profitable to the applicant will be based upon personal preferences. If the applicant is computer and Internet savvy, and has a secure Internet connection, the online application may be most beneficial. However, if the applicant requires assistance in completing an application for a credit card or wishes to ask direct questions, a secure landline phone may prove most beneficial. Whatever choice is made, caution and responsibility should be exercised throughout the complete process.