Users of the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) can now access Quickteller services on their mobile devices.
This has been made possible through a partnership between Interswitch (owners of Quickteller) and Blackberry.
The Quickteller service for BBM has been made available through a new app called Quickteller Mini, which can be downloaded from the Blackberry World, Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store, for free.
This really means that the new service is only available for Blackberry, Android and iOS users.
This is how it works:
- A BBM user must have a Nigerian bank account
- A request for money, airtime and payment for services can be made from another BBM user
- Select the attachment icon
- Choose Quickteller
- Choose the amount
- Make a request
- The recipient taps the message and enter their own bank account details
- The money is credited instantly
According to the Group Managing Director of Interswitch, Mitchell Elegbe, “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,”
“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.”
For customers worried about the security of such transactions, it is just as save as using the Automated Teller Machine (ATM).