Kiyapili Sibanda, Business Reporter
STATE-OWNED mobile telecommunication operator, NetOne’s mobile money service platform OneMoney received a positive response as more than 300 customers registered under the service at their prelaunch campaign in Nkulumane at Sekusile Shopping Centre in Bulawayo on Friday.
Customers interviewed by Business Chronicle expressed excitement at the launch of the mobile service platform saying it would go a long way in alleviating cash shortage in the country.
“The coming of OneMoney platform is a good move. It comes at a time when there are cash challenges in the country.
“This will bring healthy competition amongst mobile operators. Low transactional charges mean a good value for money for its customers,” said a client, who identified himself as Mr Dube.
“The platform introduced by NetOne gives customers the real deal. The service is good and there is little or no down time when doing transactions. Since we are now living in a cashless society this platform is seamless and we are moving in a right direction as a country in embracing the use of mobile and plastic money,” said Ms Noma Dludlu.
NetOne, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, has rebranded its OneWallet platform to OneMoney, which can be linked to any ZimSwitch linked debit card.
The platform was now linked with 17 local banking institutions in the country.
Speaking on the sidelines of the prelaunch, NetOne executive marketing manager, Dr Eldrette Shereni, said the response was encouraging and as a company they would give their customers value for their money.
“We are happy with the turnout here at Nkulumane and we will always strive to give our customers value for their money by giving them good services. The coming of OneMoney is quite encouraging and by seeing more people registering under this platform means a lot to us as a company,” she said.
Meanwhile, in comparison with other mobile money service providers OneMoney charges as little as $0.05 per transaction, Telecash is $0.11 the same amount that Ecocash charges when transacting to registered numbers.