May in Payments: You can now pay for your power in Bitcoin in South Africa, Africa’s first Bitcoin ATM and Equity Bank finally receives a MVNO license

The month of May was full of big news on the payments front all over Africa. Here’s my monthly roundup of happenings on the payment scene: You can now pay for your power in Bitcoin in South Africa. According to local tech news site TechCentral.za, South African firm Invirohub, a smart meter developer, has developed …

Equity announces MVNO roll out plans, bank to issue 8.7 million free SIM cards

Local daily, The Nation, reports on it’s news website today that Equity Bank will be launching it’s MVNO network in July of this year. The bank will also be giving out 8.7 million free SIM cards.┬áThe report on the website also quotes the bank’s C.E.O Dr. James Mwangi setting pricing for Equity’s mobile money transfer …

Airtel Money Visa Card : First impressions

I picked up my Airtel Money Visa Card a couple of weeks ago. The card, being touted by local banker Chase Bank and MNO Airtel, allows you to withdraw your Airtel Money funds at 30 Chase Bank ATMs and over 800 Kenswitch ATMs as well as 7000 Visa ATMs worldwide. The card also enables you …

What to do with a damaged Airtel scratchie

Almost jumped for joy when I came across an unscratched 50 bob airtel scratchie, whilst going throught my stuff. I immediately scratched it and attempted to top up my line only to get back the message “voucher is damaged” Two attempts in I realized something was well and truly wrong. Upon closer examination I discovered, …

Airtel Kenya testing 3G

Is Airtel Kenya finally testing it’s long heralded 3G network? Was at Kencom this afternoon when I noticed the 3G icon on my companion’s phone. Couldn’t believe my eyes. Had to check again to make sure that she, indeed was on her airtel line. My phone still indicated that I was on EDGE though. Might …