One was set up in 2019 and has a real focus on the financial wellbeing of its customers. It has no fees or minimum balance, making it an accessible alternative to traditional banking. Its features like Early Paycheck, shareable Pockets, and a higher interest rate for savings than many traditional banks make it a good choice if you’re looking to make the most of your money. And its deposits aren’t invested in fossil fuels, arms, or tobacco products (among other controversial investment choices).
One comes into its own if you want to deposit your paycheck into its account. You’ll be able to auto-save a portion of your check and earn up to 3.00% APY in interest, as well as accessing your money before payday. You can easily set up Pockets to divide up your money within your account, including an Auto-Save Pocket to put away small change when you use your One card. These Pockets can be shared with friends or loved ones, which could be useful for shared projects or trips.
You can use your One card at any Allpoint ATM (of which there are 55,000). Although the One card is only a debit card, you can get credit to cover any purchases that take your Spend Pocket (the sub-account you can buy things from) below $0. This is interest-free when repaid within the month and 1.00% interest/month or 12.00% APR after this. You can also set up a Credit Line Pocket, which can be linked to the debit card so it functions much like a credit card. One Finance doesn’t yet offer additional financial products such as mortgages, loans, or credit cards.
|APY on Auto-Save Pocket with paycheck direct deposit||3.00%|
|APY on Save Pocket with paycheck direct deposit||1.00%|
|APR on Credit Line||12.00%|
One has a useful customer knowledge center with plenty of information on its services. Additionally, you can contact customer service by chat or phone (9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday).
The One app is available for free on iOS and Android, but some older devices may not be able to support the app. The One app is known for being very user friendly and enjoyable to use, and is highly rated on both the Google Play Store and the App Store.
Data in-transit and at rest is encrypted to the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). The app also uses biometric identification for access, including facial and fingerprint ID. If your card is lost or stolen, you can easily disable it through the app. And for additional peace of mind, One is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which means that if something happens to the bank, you are covered for up to $250,000.
One is a modern banking option that brings big benefits if you want to deposit your paycheck into its account, especially the high interest rates it offers on its Auto-Save feature and Early Paycheck option. It’s also great for those on a budget as it has no fees or minimum deposits. Although it doesn’t come with all the product options of a traditional bank, for a streamlined paycheck account, One could be the right choice for you.
This review was based on information gathered directly from the One website.