Although the service “Orange Money” has been around for a few years now, I have always queued up in the post office to pay my utility bills. Despite it took me only some minutes, I did not bother until my office was relocated to Ebene a month ago.
Amazingly simple, each transaction costs only a sms (Rs0.60), thus cheaper than a standing order of the bank and the bill payment amount is deducted from your bank account within seconds. The communication process is very effective as SMS reminders whenever the bills have been finalize and after the payment, SMS and email confirmations are sent.
However, the service is available to SBM customers only. MCB customers should use Juice and their native app developed locally. As for other banks, no choice other than queuing up or standing orders. I haven’t tried yet but just as MCB Juice, you can use Orange Money as a payment method in shops and even fuel pump stations.Over 30k people have Orange Money, as at January 2017.
Some might say that I’m outdated but I wrote this post to show my appreciation to this service. If you want to save time and money, give it a try.
Nice innovation, best thing would be to allow people to also collect donations via this. There are many people that newspapers report such as children requiring bone marrow transplantation and so on and instead they report a bank number, no one will go queue up at a bank to make a donation to a child. If Orange could get them also a valid number so that next time a newspaper reports such a request people can easily send money. Even if 100 000 people read the article and send just Rs5 via their orange, the child can have a big financial help.
What do you think?