Africa's leading e-commerce and digital payments provider Interswitch has announced the integration of its Quickteller services with the popular Blackberry Messenger (BBM).
The new groundbreaking service will be used on a new app called “Quickteller Mini”, which runs on all devices with the Blackberry, Android and iOS operating systems.
With this partnership, BBM users with a Nigerian bank account can make a request for money, airtime and payment for services from one of their BBM contacts.
The Quickteller Mini App enables this in a secure and user-friendly way and is as easy as sharing a photo or file while chatting with a contact on BBM.
One simply select the attachment option, choose Quickteller, enter the amount and make a request. The recipient of the message simply taps it and enters their account details. The money is credited to the recipient’s bank account instantly.
“Person-to-Person transfers and electronic airtime recharge presents 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,” Interswitch's Group Managing Director, Mitchell Elegbe, said.
“BBM is one of the most popular messaging applications in Nigeria,” said Matthew Talbot, SVP Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry. “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.” he added.