By Emeka Aginam

Digital payments and commerce provider, Interswitch, has launched an integration of its Quickteller services with BlackBerry’s BBM via a new app called Quickteller for money transfer and airtime recharge.

Available for smartphones running Android BlackBerry and iOS, the partnership will enable BBM users with a Nigerian bank account to 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. This service is as easy as sharing a photo or file while chatting with a contact on BBM.

By selecting the attachment option, choosing Quickteller, entering the amount and making a request, the recipient of the message simply taps it and enters their account details after which the money is credited to the recipient’s bank account instantly.

“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,” Mitchell Elegbe, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Interswitch, said.

Also speaking, Matthew Talbot, SVP Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, said that , “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.”


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