Personal Features

TransferWise

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TransferWise provides a simple easy to use international money transfer service with digital wallet capabilities. Their digital wallet, or Borderless account also gives the individual local banking details in 6+ currencies including, EUR, SGD, NZD, USD, GBP and AUD. Their TransferWise Borderless debit card backs on to their Borderless digital wallet allowing you to spend directly out of your multi-currency account balances.

What TransferWise offers individuals

  • International money transfers
  • Borderless multi-currency receiving accounts
  • Borderless Debit Card - FX optimised debit card
  • Android and Apple apps
  • Send money to email address

What TransferWise does not offer individuals

  • Personal account management
  • Regular transfers
  • Cash pick up or international bill payments

Azimo

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Azimo gives individuals and businesses from across the EEA easy access to international money transfers.

What Azimo offers

  • International money transfers
  • Cash pick ups
  • Mobile wallet and mobile airtime top ups
  • Home delivery (only in the Philippines)
  • Payments to AliPay in China

What Azimo doesn’t offer

  • Account managers
  • Regular transfers
  • Travel cards
  • Currency hedging tools
  • Unique local multi-currency accounts
  • Digital wallets

TransferWise wins!

TransferWise scores better in the Personal Features category.

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Business Benefits

TransferWise

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In addition to the services TransferWise offers the individual, there are some features only available for a business. Unfortunately, as TransferWise is online only, a business customer does not have support with currency fluctuations and trends. TransferWise does however offer easy to use transactional foreign currency receipts and payments.

What TransferWise offers businesses

  • Batch payments
  • Xero and Quickbook integration
  • FX optimised business debit card
  • Multi-user account access

What TransferWise for business doesn’t offer

  • Business account management
  • Risk management tools
  • Regular transfers

Azimo

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Azimo's services for business clients are limited to basic money transfer services. 

What Azimo for business offers 

  • International money transfers
  • Repeat transfers
  • Better rates for transfers over £1,000

What Azimo for business doesn't do

  • Business specialists
  • FX-optimized travel cards
  • Currency hedging tools
  • Digital wallets
  • Unique local multi-currency receiving accounts
  • Solutions for online sellers
  • Accounting integration

TransferWise wins!

TransferWise scores better in the Business Benefits category.

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Fees & Exchange Rates

TransferWise

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TransferWise offers the real time exchange rate at the time of your transfer. Therefore fees are visible in addition to the transfer amount. The fee structure is complex as it differs depending on the currencies you are sending from and to. Fees also apply to the type of Borderless account transaction. Fees can also apply on the use of the TransferWise Borderless debit card. Fees are briefly summarised below. Read the detailed TransferWise review for more details on TransferWise fees.

TransferWise ServiceTransferWise fee
Simple International Money Transfer

0.4% - 2% 

Varies on currency and payment type

Adding to TransferWise Borderless account0.4% - 0.5%
Converting between Borderless account0.3% - 0.6%
Sending money out of Borderless accountLess than 0.1% in most cases
Borderless Account Debit Card

No fee for card issuance

Fee free cash withdrawal limit of US$250, 2% thereafter

Zero cost on spend from existing currency balance, 0.24 - 3.69% fee if there is no existing balance


Azimo

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Transfer fees - The Azimo transfer fee varies depending on the currencies involved, the mode of payment, the transfer method and the transfer amount. Additional fees are approximately €12 (or currency equivalent).

Cash pick up fees - Sending money to an Azimo cash pick up location is typically more expensive than transferring it to a bank account.

Credit / debit card payment fees - Payments made via bank transfers tend to be more affordable than credit/debit card payments.

Fee-free transfers - New personal customers get two fee-free transfers, and the number increases to five for new business customers.

Exchange rate margin - Azimo applies a margin on existing mid-market exchange rates, which can be between 1.5% and 2.25% depending on the currencies being traded.


TransferWise wins!

TransferWise scores better in the Fees and Exchange Rates category.

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Ease of Use

TransferWise

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The TransferWise app design and user experience of their technology is great with simple, intuitive processes.

Registration - Fast and easy account creation

ID verification - Instant in some countries

Transfer speed - It can be instantaneous in some countries. Fast payments to TransferWise comes at an additional cost.

Minimum transfer amount - $1

Mobile app - Simple and easy to use. Probably the best designed app of the international money transfer companies.

Payment options - TransferWise has the broadest range of payment options. Local bank transfer, debit / credit card and country specific solutions such as POLi.


Azimo

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Signing up - Register using the Azimo app or website.

Payment options -  Bank account transfers, debit cards, credit cards, SOFORT and iDEAL.

Speed - Up to 2 business days, although it can be more in some instances.

Multilingual website - Use the Azimo website in different European languages.

Mobile apps - Available for iOS and Android.


TransferWise wins!

TransferWise scores better in the Ease of Use category.

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Support & Countries

TransferWise

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TransferWise’s supported countries vary with different services having different supported customer countries and destination countries. These are detailed in the TransferWise Countries and Currencies article and is summarized below.

Send from - 23 countries plus the Europe SEPA countries

Send to - Over 60 currencies

Borderless account and debit card - Over 6 countries can sign up to their Borderless services.


Azimo

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Supported payment currencies - GBP, EUR, SEK, NOK, DKK, CHF and PLN.

Supported destination currencies - Carries out transfers in more than 60 currencies.

Customer support - Multilingual support provided via email and chat.


Azimo wins!

Azimo scores better in the Support and Countries category.

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Trust & Transparency

TransferWise

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TransferWise is fully regulated by the FCA and their customer funds are segregated from their business banking activities.

TransferWise is rated on TrustPilot as Excellent. Unfortunately there have been some poor reviews on TrustPilot indicating sudden account closures with funds being returned with no explanation.

TransferWise continues to raise capital through private funding. This could be a concern for the future when the shareholders are looking for aggressive growth and / or a return on their investment.


Azimo

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Regulation - Regulated by financial regulatory bodies in the UK and the Netherlands.

Customer service - Gets a rating of Excellent on Trustpilot. However, there are reviews by customers that complain about not getting adequate customer care.

Exchange rate transparency - Azimo does not have a transparent fee structure. The margin on existing exchange rates can exceed 2% for some currencies.


It’s a draw!

Both equally compare in the Trust and Transparency category.

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The Result

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 TransferWise

TransferWise beats Azimo.  Despite a draw in the Trust and Transparency category, TransferWise's superior personal and business features plus its low fees and exchange rates make it a clear winner.