They call it "AGM Cash-In". It stands for Automated G-Cash Machine for Cash-In. I saw it at a G-Cash booth at the main entrance of Megamall bldg B.
It's a lot smaller than the G-Cash ATM. It's around the size of a regular desktop CPU. It has a slot where paper bills are inserted, an LCD display for instructions and a numeric keypad to enter the cellphone number.
The man I spoke to said it's good only for Cash-In and not Cash-Out. I'm told the machine accepts 20, 50, 100 peso bills (unlike the bigger G-Cash ATM that only accepts P100, P500, P1000).
I wanted to try out the machine but it wasn't functioning the time I was there. Tignan ko nga mamaya kung may balat ako sa pwet.
The machine's side was open and was awaiting repair. I got a chance to see the inside. Only thing I recognized was an antenna, presumably for a GSM modem for the G-Cash transactions.
The G-Cash guy told me that normally, the machine would be bolted firmly unto the table for security.
The AGM Cash-in machine is cheaper to manufacture because it doesn't need a touchscreen monitor. It's smaller and easier to deploy than its ATM big brother. It will fit on a 7-11 tabletop, for example, without much real estate space needed.
Upside is, as usual, an additional way to Cash-in.
But the thing is, this machine still requires maintenance. Who will collect the bills when the machine is full?
The AGM Cash-in machine is fine. It could be a solution for some companies, agencies, malls or local governments accepting G-Cash payments. But it won't be the solution to the currently limited ways to accessing G-Cash nationwide.
But hey, the AGM Cash-in machine is good. It needs to find its niche, to find where it belongs, to find where the technology will make the biggest impact.
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