I've been looking at both Green Dot and NetSpend for a couple of days and settled on NetSpend.
I didn't have to spend a dime to register for a card. It's on the way. Just a bit of information to get started.
I guess the activation step will require some credit type info such as SSN, etc.
At that point, I will have to select which plan I want of three choices. I'm going to select the one that only charges me a dollar for signature use as a credit card or two dollars for PIN use as a debit.
Since my IOP purchase is neither, I'm hoping there's no charge what-so-ever.
Not only can I fill my card from my paypal account, but I can do free bank transfers, both of which takes a few days or...I can go to several places locally to fill the card for only two bucks.
So far, so good.
I'll post back and bump this thread at the next step. Should take a few days to get my card in the mail.