New app to help expats with personal finances and payments

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

Paying bills has just become easier.

Two Mexican entrepreneurs have come up with an app that will sure make your life easier when it comes to making payments in Mexico, especially if you’re an expat living here. This app was created to assist with the payment process for different services in Mexico.

As its name suggests, SimplePay app is here to simplify getting used to a different administrative system in a new country. The language barrier can be an obstacle for opening new bank accounts, or any other situation that can be a pain in the neck. Sometimes these processes are just not simple in Mexico, especially government procedures.

The CEO of SimplePay, Oscar Herrera, said that the idea for the app came to mind when he lived in U.S. expat communities in Puerto Vallarta and Tijuana and noticed the difficulties for these types of payments.

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Original Image: “November 9th” by kate hiscock, used under CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

SimpleyPay provides several essential services for users to pay their utilities, including water, gas and electricity. It also helps users access online services like insurance and real estate titles, and even features a callback option from a bilingual assistant.

Herrera spoke of noticing this problem. “It is very common for my English speaking neighbors whose Spanish is rusty to ask me for help translating from lawyers, doctors, cleaning ladies and others,” he said during an interview with ExpatForum. “So I wanted to develop a simple way for someone to request a call back for translation on demand.”

The app doesn’t require the user to have a bank account as it works through Paypal, and also has the option of setting reminders for payment days. SimplePay will be launched in September, 2015, and will be available for Android, iPhone and web.

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