Turning our mobile phones into wallets has been a dream for a long time. The phone in your pocket is already an address book, camera, diary, music player, GPS system, notebook, dictaphone, photo album and general factotum – why shouldn’t it also replace your wallet, with all its clunky...
Telecoms giant, Airtel Nigeria has partnered with online retail outfit, Konga, to offer consumers on the network a range of data services with the purchase of any blackberry and smartphone device from Konga. The partnership, which focuses on prepaid consumers of data services, offers customers who purchase any data enabled device from...
South African Retail Motor Industry body, RMI, has joined forces with JSE listed TeleMasters Limited to lead up to what will be SA’s first industry-specific telecommunications company. The RMI represents around 7,500 motor industry members, including car rental firms, vehicle dealerships, spares and repair companies and service stations. The organisation has...
For more than a decade, mobile retail occupied a very narrow, highly profitable but insignificant niche involving small-ticket items like ringtones and wallpaper. Unstructured and fragmented, the industry doddered around in extended infancy, suffering reputational challenges along the way due to the unscrupulous practices of some merchants who largely escaped...
Alacrity Technologies (Pty) Ltd has announced that Argility has bought a majority stake in the privately held company.  Argility is the leading developer and provider of software solutions and integration services to the retail sector in the Southern African region. Argility is also active in selected global regions with clients such...
Absa has become the first bank in South Africa to roll out their NFC (near-field communication) trials for mobile phones. The trail will initially start with just 500 users, and should get underway in the middle of December. “Absa is the first institution in South Africa to bring Near Field...
At Microsoft’s Tech-Ed and Partner Summit in Durban, Microsoft’s Customer and Partner Lead Leane Hannigan hinted to the fact that South Africa might be getting a South African Microsoft store. The company has dedicated stores in a number of regions, which sells all of Microsoft’s products in a retail...
With the growing popularity of the Internet, coupled with the fact that the branch is a high cost centre for any bank, an increasing proportion of banking has been migrated over to the online channel in recent years to reduce costs and improve convenience for customers. However, this online...
MOBILE telecoms firm, Safaricom, has scored yet another first by signing a partnership deal with local supermarkets that will see it tap into the high turnover retail chains’ business using its money transfer service, M-Pesa. The deal, which will enable Safaricom subscribers to use the M-Pesa service to buy...
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