payvia and Mobile-XL recently partnered to establish technology that allows consumers to purchase digital goods and services with payments made from their mobile prepaid carrier airtime.
“With over 800 million mobile subscribers in Africa alone, fewer than one-third of whom have access to traditional banking or credit card solutions, we believe that payvia’s technology will soon be the preferred way for both consumers and merchants to buy and sell digital goods throughout Africa,” payvia CEO Darcy Wedd said. “Our partnership with Mobile-XL, whose emerging market expertise is unrivaled, is testament to our commitment to provide consumers with greater mobile access to the digital goods and services people want.”
Mobile-XL’s feature phone browsing platform provides African and Indian consumers with access to digital services like Facebook, email, news, sports and games. By integrating payvia’s mobile checkout technology, millions of feature phone users will be able to complete transactions across media, games and news without a bank account or credit card.
“Mobile-XL is breaking down the barriers of Internet access, enabling users to enjoy the mobile web at the low cost and convenience of messaging,” Mobile-XL CEO Guy Kamgaing said. “Our partnership with payvia is an example of innovation to solve the challenge of providing affordable access to valuable digital services to people without smartphones, data plans, bank accounts or credit cards.”
Mobile-XL, which is connected to carriers such as Airtel, Etisalat, Idea, MTN, Orange and Vodafone, provides users with access to content and deducts a small fee from their carrier airtime.