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Mobile

  • Orange, Ecobank team up to launch new money transfer service in Africa

    Pan-African banking group Ecobank and major telecom Orange have rolled out a service that will enable Orange Money subscribers to transfer money between their respective accounts. Mobile remittance is on an up in Africa. Amazingly, of recent, it is sidestepping the issues that hogged it early in its entry, reluctance from users because of security being among the top barriers to entry. The market is warming up to the idea of never setting foot in a bank or carrying money in a wallet. As this trend keeps on growing, more and more alternatives are popping up from clever startups to...

  • Wallettec integrates SnapScan in South Africa to enhance PoS experience

    Walletec, a mobile wallet integration company from South Africa, has integrated SnapScan to further advance its plans to become the single interface point between the Point of Sale (PoS) and any mobile or e-wallet solution. In a country like South Africa where mobile payments are a growing trend, this is a necessary process to enable wider market access for people who find payment options to be limited. “Wallettec assists retailers and mobile money providers by supplying them with a single integration point into existing PoS systems, meaning it can accept any digital wallet hassle free through a single transaction," says...

  • GoMetro launches low-cost data mobi site in all 11 official SA languages

    Transport data startup GoMetro has just launched a new mobi site designed with the emerging world, specifically South Africa, in mind. GoMetro Mini, as it's called, is designed for older mobile phones and will provide public transport information in each of the country's 11 official languages. Apart from enabling users to choose from Sepedi, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Venda, Tsonga, Ndebele, Swati & Afrikaans to get train and bus times for all major cities in SA, the site is also optimsed to use the minimal amount of data. GoMetro CEO Justin Coetzee, “Over the last 2 years, we have noticed GoMetro...

  • Here’s how mobile apps are making shopping easier

    Smartphones and tablets cater to a dynamic, cross-media lifestyle. Around 65% of tablet owners use their device while watching TV and 41% use both smartphones and tablets simultaneously at least once a day, according to a 2014 Mobile Behavior Report. The consumer’s mobile time has changed marketing as we know it. An integrated, omni-channel marketing approach is what brands now need to adopt to provide the much-desired seamless shopping experience to consumers. Mobile devices have been shaping the way consumers interact with businesses for a long time now. They have been answering buyers’ demand for constant information successfully while allowing...

  • Crowdsource location app Traffic Lite hits Nigeria’s streets

    New community-based app Traffic Lite by Nigerian software developer Panthelope Technologies has been launched in an attempt too curb Lagos' notorious traffic. Traffic Lite is said to crowdsource real-time information from its users. This means that the more people using it, the more accurate the information will be. Panthelope is responsible for Point of Sale apps Kollect and Uxie. Company founder Ikenna Iloeje hopes the app will enable people to help each other by just going about their usual business. He explains: By just driving or walking around with the app running passively on their phone they are immensely contributing to traffic...

  • New ecommerce site Zwipit wants your old phone for cash

    South Africa has a lot of phones. With a mobile penetration rate exceeding that of the population by almost a third, one can easily imagine a good amount of old Nokias and Blackberrys lying around in people's drawers, forgotten and gathering dust. It's then to no one's surprise that a mobile-phone recycling startup has finally reached the country's shores. Founded in 2011, Spanish company Zwipit has launched in nine other markets so far in its mission to buy second-hand phones, refurbish them, and sell them back to people. For the time being, Zwipit South Africa -- which is locally owned...

  • SA-born devs launch photo-sharing app to help country’s healthcare sector

    Following the launch of medical photo-sharing app Figure 1 in North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, former South Africans are bringing their answer to the country's ailing healthcare sector. The free photo-sharing platform enables its 150 000 users in the world to connect, discuss and share content. The company notes that its images are viewed more than 1 million times a day. The team notes that they are happy to finally launch the app in its seventh market as most of them have strong roots in South Africa. CEO and co-founder Gregory Levey and Director of Communications and...

  • Zapper now an option for Paygate merchants

    Payment service provider PayGate has added mobile payment system Zapper to its stable of options, something that's apparently part of the company's strategy to capitalise on a predicted mobile boom. “We expect that mobile will account for 50% of all card transactions within the next five years -- and that’s probably conservative,” says the company's general manager for business development Brendon Williamson. “As South Africa’s leading provider of payment services for online business, our goal is to ensure that our clients are always able to collect payments using the methods their customers prefer. Mobile is becoming an important part...

  • Wallettec integrates BitPay for bitcoin PoS integration of SA merchants

    South African Point of Sale (PoS) startup Walletec has announced that it has integrated global bitcoin payment service, BitPay, in an attempt to grow the acceptance of the cryptocurrency in brick-and-mortar retail locations. The blog post stresses that by allowing customers to pay at the PoS, using bitcoin, will increase merchant sales and earnings. It also states that as the currency expands, merchants can earn money on bitcoin sales and save costs by reducing credit card payments. "Wallettec’s mission is to become a single interface point between the PoS or payment solution and any mobile/e-wallet solution," founder of Wallettec, Johan Meyer,...

  • SA schools to get savvy with new virtual classroom tool by Mxit, UNICEF

    Today, South Africa's Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty, together with the MEC for Education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi, officially unveiled a new mobile tool for the country's public schools, called Ukufunda Virtual School in partnership with Mxit Reach and UNICEF. Ukufunda, meaning "learn" in isisZulu, will not only aim to promote access to quality teaching for students, but provide teachers with professional development and support curriculum delivery. However creative many edtech startups in South Africa may seem, they too often face inaccessibility to their target markets. This recent dedication by the Education Department is a milestone for public institutions,...