Ghana’s number one mobile commerce service, Airtel Money, has announced that as part of activities marking this year’s Founders’ Day celebration, subscribers will receive a 100% bonus on airtime recharge transacted via the Airtel Money platform from September 21 to the end of October.
Airtel Money, which won the mobile commerce product of the year at this year’s Mobile World Awards, says it hopes to drive further patronage of the service.
Head of Mobile Commerce at Airtel Ghana, Martison Obeng-Agyei says although Airtel subscribers use the service for a variety of transactions, airtime purchases remain one of the leading uses for Airtel Money. “Our subscribers use our services to make various payments such as DSTV, and to make purchases of goods and services from a variety of wholesale shops and restaurants, but money transfer and the purchase of airtime remain very popular; so what we are doing is to celebrate the special occasion of Founders’ Day with our current Airtel Money users and indeed first time users of the service”, Mr. Obeng-Agyei said.
Subscribers and first time users who purchase or receive airtime via Airtel Money will receive double their purchase to be used for Airtel to Airtel calls only. Mr. Obeng-Agyei revealed that Airtel Money is embarking on a drive to spread the news of the convenience, safety, and easy nature of the Airtel Money platform “especially when mobile commerce has been largely accepted as the future”.
Head of Corporate Communications and External Affairs of Airtel Ghana, Donald Gwira added that “all first time users need to do is to find the Airtel Money menu located on their SIM cards on their phones and go through the simple process to have their passwords changed, load their wallets with electronic cash and then they can immediately start using the Airtel Money service”
Airtel Money is the only mobile commerce product which customers are able to link to their banks and are thus able to undertake banking transactions via their mobile phones. Customers in Ecobank, UBA, Standard Chartered Bank; Unibank , UT Bank, GT Bank and Zenith Bank are able to link their bank accounts to their Airtel Money wallets, a service unique to the service. Additionally some of the largest outlets in Ghana including Melcom (Industrial Area), Koala (Osu) and Marx Mart (A&C) supermarkets, accept payments via Airtel Money.
The Airtel Money service allows customers to pay utility bills, goods and services, make direct payment for savings and loans contributions, buy airtime, purchase Airtel data bundles, send money from Airtel Money account to other Airtel money customers, send money from Airtel Money account to people on other networks, receive money on Airtel Money account, deposit physical cash for electronic money (e-value).