Zain Malawi has signed an agreement with Multichoice Malawi to enable customers to pay their monthly DStv subscriptions through Zain's mobile money transfer facility, ZAP Khusa M'manja. Zain Malawi finance director Longa Sipula hailed the deal as an example of what mobile phones can do to improve lives.
“And in this case we at Zain are proud to be playing an active role of turning mobile telecoms innovations into every day for Malawians; with the new system, the transaction will be reflected on the Zain/ DStv subscribers account within the hour the payment is made," he said.
To use the platform, a DStv subscriber logs onto the ZAP facility on the phone menu and looks for the money link. Then, one needs to type the word 'DStv' and enter the amount of money they wish to transfer to Multichoice Malawi.
Zain customers will not be charged any fees for transacting with ZAP Khusa M'manja when paying for DStv services.
Sipula said the new joint service would offer convenience and greater flexibility for joint customers of the two companies ahead of the 11 June 2010 FIFA World Cup kick-off in South Africa.
“Since everyone will be itching to watch the World Cup in South Africa, we have decided to make it easier for our customers to renew their monthly subscriptions as well as new payments to Multichoice by introducing this flexible method. We expect that this will reduce queues at Multichoice offices while offering our customers the chance to save time and money,” said Sipula.
Gregory Gondwe is a Malawian journalist who started writing in 1993. He is also a media consultant assisting several international journalists pursuing assignments in Malawi. He holds a Diploma and an Intermediate Certificate in Journalism among other media-related certificates. He can be contacted on . Follow him on Twitter at @Kalipochi.
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