You will no-longer be tied to the previous methods to get your Orange line topped up with airtime, not when shops close or when you don’t have anything in your Orange Money account. Orange Kenya, in a partnership with PesaPal mobile payments provider has enabled virtual airtime top-ups. This counts as the start, and will generally go onwards to making other Orange products available and paid for on-line in a move to get e-commerce mainstream for the mobile network operator.
Orange aims to make Orange data customers have more channels to stay on-line even when you are away from usual channels like shops.
“Our data customers that may have subscribed to other networks due to their voice offerings will now have the flexibility of purchasing data bundles directly from their mobile money accounts,” he said, adding that this was informed by the fact that Kenya’s mobile telecoms market is characterised by multi-SIM users, with subscribers using different SIM cards from various networks for different services such as voice and data.
Customers will now be able to choose from a variety of payment options from either the Pesapal e-wallet, credit and debit cards (VISA and Master Card) and through mobile money (M-Pesa, Airtel Money, YuCash and Orange Money). This will be done by logging onto the Orange top up site.