M-Pesa, Vodacom Tanzania’s flagship has launched an online payment service through the web-based platform of Vinjari which will allow local traders registered under Vinjari.co.tz to accept online payment for the purchase of services. The service allows travellers to book and pay for hotels, tour package and flights.
Vinjari.co.tz platform has over 300 hotels and partners around the country and we only serve the travel industry under its portfolio. This launch is strategically in line with M-pesa online payments positioning and gearing up for the Festive‘Travel and shopping’ season.
Vodacom Tanzania’s Head of Corporate Affairs & Public Relations, Ms Rosalynn Mworia, said at the launch of this new service that the entry of M-pesa into the online space is a landmark move that will see more than a million M-pesa customers in the country gain access to the online shopping experience.
“The ability to conduct financial transaction using a mobile phone is now a vital part of life, for millions of Tanzanians. The entry of M-Pesa into the online space is a game changer that is bound to transform the conduct and uptake of online trade in Tanzania, this service is different from M-Pesa’s current payment services that require users to use their mobile phones.”Online traders will need an M-Pesa pay bill number” said Mworia.
Andrew Mboma, Managing Director said M-PESA online Payment through Vinjari provides customers a chance to purchase services online. Customers select the items they want to pay for and pay with M-PESA. The total cost for the items purchased online is deducted from the customer’s M-PESA account.
The customer only needs to key in their mobile number and they will receive a notification on their mobile phone to validate the transaction using their PIN. For more information on using this service visit vinjari.co.tz.
This online service will leverage the deep penetration of the mobile phone and the proliferation of Internet services to ease the shopping experience for customers while allowing merchants to match their goods and services directly to consumers. An estimated 28 million Tanzanians have mobile phones, while about 6 million have access to the internet.
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