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Transfer money, pay bills by phone

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 14, 2011) - Digicel has continued the Pacific rollout of the ground breaking Digicel Mobile Money service with a launch in Tonga yesterday, which will see customers offered a range of mobile financial capabilities, including the ability to transfer money to friends and family nationwide as well as pay utility bills using their mobiles.

Digicel Mobile Money was first launched in Fiji in July last year with Tonga, through the support of the Reserve Bank, becoming the second of Digicel’s six Pacific markets to launch the innovative service. In November 2010 Digicel also launched a Tcho Tcho Mobile Money service in Haiti.

Digicel mobile phones in Tonga will now become electronic wallets offering a secure and convenient way to transfer money to any Digicel Mobile, deposit or withdraw cash from their electronic wallets, buy and send top-up and pay a range of utility bills including Tonga Power, DigiNet and DigiTV.

Customers can simply deposit or withdraw money from their mobile wallet at any of Digicel’s nationwide network of stores and authorized Digicel Mobile Money agents across the country and can register for the service by simply dialling *888#.

Digicel Mobile Money aims to assist in addressing the needs of the 70 per cent of Pacific Islanders who do not have access to basic financial services and will be launched in Samoa. Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Nauru in the coming months.

Earlier this month Digicel’s Tcho Tcho Mobile Money service in Haiti was awarded a $US2.5 million prize by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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