Personal Features

Western Union

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Western Union lets you transfer money to most countries in the world, either to bank accounts or to cash pickup locations.

What Western Union does

  • International money transfers
  • Cash pick-ups
  • Bill payments
  • Transfers to inmates
  • Prepaid card

What Western Union doesn't do

  • Personal account managers
  • Regular transfers
  • Unique local multi-currency accounts
  • Digital wallets
  • Currency hedging tools

InstaReM

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InstaReM provides reliable international money transfers services for personal customers from several countries.

What InstaReM does

  • International money transfers.
  • Cash pick-up in the Philippines.
  • Multi-currency travel cards.

What InstaReM doesn’t do

  • Regular transfers.
  • Digital wallets.
  • Personal account managers.
  • Hedging tools.
  • Cash pick-up, other than the Philippines.

It’s a draw!

Both equally compare in the Personal Features category.

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Business Benefits

Western Union

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Western Union provides various forex services for business customers from a number of countries. 

What Western Union offers businesses

  • Currency hedging tools
  • Mass payments
  • Incoming payments
  • Multi-currency balances
  • Accounting integration

What Western Union doesn’t offer businesses

  • Solutions for online sellers
  • Business travel cards
  • Dedicated currency specialists

InstaReM

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Small and mid-sized businesses may benefit by using InstaReM's services.

What InstaReM business account offers

  • Company-branded travel cards.
  • Multi-currency accounts.
  • Batch payments.
  • Higher send limits than personal accounts.

What InstaReM business account doesn’t offer

  • Hedging tools.
  • Digital wallets.
  • Accounting integration.
  • Online seller solutions.
  • Business specialists.

Western Union wins!

Western Union scores better in the Business Benefits category.

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Fees & Exchange Rates

Western Union

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Western Union money transfer fees

Exchange rate margin fee - This can be more than 5% for exotic currencies. 

Additional fees - The transfer fee you need to pay depends on the currencies involved, the transfer amount, the payment method and the delivery method.

  • Cash pickups tend to attract more fees than transfers to bank accounts.
  • With payment methods, credit cards attract the highest fees.

InstaReM

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InstaReM fees

The transfer fee you need to pay depends on the currencies being traded, the transfer amount and the mode of payment.

  • Transfer fees increase in direct proportion to increases in transfer amounts.
  • Debit card payments come with higher fees than bank account transfers.

InstaReM exchange rates

InstaReM uses Reuter market rates to process transfers and adds an FX margin that is typically below 1%. This essentially depends on the currencies being traded.


InstaReM wins!

InstaReM scores better in the Fees and Exchange Rates category.

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Ease of Use

Western Union

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Sign up - Registration is easy and follows an intuitive process.

Payment options -  Bank transfers, debit cards, credit cards and cash.

Mobile apps - Available for Android and iOS

Transfer limits - Based on where you and the recipient live, the transfer method and the payment method.

Multilingual website - Get website access in local languages, depending on which Western Union website you use.


InstaReM

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What InstaReM does well

Signing up

Create a new account easily by using the InstaReM app or website.

Payment options

  • Bank account transfers from all countries.
  • ACH Pull payments from the USA.
  • Debit card payments from the European Union and the UK.
  • POLi payments from Australia.
  • FPX payments from Malaysia.

Mobile app

Available for iOS and Android.
 

Where InstaReM could improve

Speed - Some InstaReM reviews on Trustpilot suggest that transfers can take longer than the stipulated 1 - 2 business days.

Limits - Minimum transfer limits vary based on the sender's location. Maximum transfer limits vary depending on where the sender and recipient live. 

Phone transfers - You can not carry out transfers over the phone as a personal customer.


InstaReM wins!

InstaReM scores better in the Ease of Use category.

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Support & Countries

Western Union

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Supported currencies - Western Union carries out transfers in around 130 currencies.

Supported countries - You can transfer funds to more to 200 countries and territories. You can register through the Western Union website from over 70 countries.

Phone support - Provides local phone support during business hours in several countries.


InstaReM

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What InstaReM does well

Supported destination countries - InstaReM lets you send money to a number of countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. However, the list of supported destination countries might vary based on the sender's location.
 

Where InstaReM could improve

Supported registration countries - InstaReM currently accepts customers from the US, Canada, the UK, Euro Zone countries, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Singapore.


InstaReM wins!

InstaReM scores better in the Support and Countries category.

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Trust & Transparency

Western Union

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Where Western Union does well

Regulated - Licensed by financial regulatory bodies of different countries.

Publicly listed - Regular audits to oversee safety and compliance procedures result in increased trust surrounding customers' funds.

Western Union challenges

Exchange rate and fee transparency - The Westren Union margin on existing exchange rates can be more than 5% for exotic currencies. Some Western Union reviews on Trustpilot and Play Store mention non-transparency in fees as well.

Customer support - A number of online customer reviews highlight concerns surrounding Western Union's unresponsive customer service.


InstaReM

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What InstaReM does well

Regulated - InstaReM Pte. Ltd. (now known as NIUM Pte. Ltd.) is licensed by regulatory bodies of different countries.

Safety of funds - Uses segregated bank accounts to hold client money.

Trustpilot - Rating of Excellent.
 

Where InstaReM could improve

Transparency - Unless you carry out research on your own, you won't find out how much you pay as exchange rate margins.

Addressing customer concerns - A reasonable number of InstaRem reviews on Trustpilot and Google Play Store complain about delayed transfers and poor customer service.


InstaReM wins!

InstaReM scores better in the Trust and Transparency category.

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The Result

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 InstaReM

InstaReM beats Western Union despite drawing under the Personal Features category.  With the other scores relatively similar, the overall score difference is due to fees and exchange rates.  Western Union is known for having higher and non transparent markups.