Nigerians are no longer just using BBM for socializing purposes- thanks to Africa’s leading tech company, Interswitch, which recently launched an integration of its Quickteller services with BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). The new Quickteller app is available for all Android, iOS and BlackBerry Devices, and now allows transfers between people in Nigeria.
Changing the face of digital payments in Africa since 2002, Interswitch prioritises on facilitating the exchange of money between people as well as businesses. The service boasts with over 3 million subscribers in Nigeria, offering services such as airtime top-up, making bill payments and sending money to across all bank accounts in the country.
This new Quickteller mini app allows users with a Nigerian bank account to make transactions, buy airtime and make payments to accounts such as DSTV and Swift.
“Person-to-Person transfers and electronic airtime recharge present a growing market opportunity in Nigeria. We are delighted to bring our secure payment services to BBM users in Nigeria. This partnership demonstrates how Interswitch continues to innovate and push the boundaries in African payments whilst enhancing the customer experience,” explained Mitchell Elegbe, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Interswitch.
The app can be downloaded free of charge and can easily be used by any individual on BBM. All you need to start sending money is the bank account of the person you intend to transfer the money to and by simply clicking on “attachments” for the Quickteller mini app icon, you’re ready to transfer.
“BBM is one of the most popular messaging applications in Nigeria; this new mobile payment service demonstrates how we have effectively evolved BBM from the best real-time chat experience to a true social engagement and e-commerce platform. By combining the strengths of BlackBerry and Interswitch, we have developed a service that puts Nigeria at the forefront of mobile payments and commerce innovations.” added Matthew Talbot, SVP Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry.
We certainly hope this will soon be spreading to other African countries, nobody enjoys standing in long bank queues!