M-PESA deals with Western Union

Western Union recently announced that consumers will be able to send money directly to the mobile “wallets” of Safaricom M-PESA subscribers in Kenya. This is the first service of its kind in the world and will be available from 45 countries and territories. From Western Union website

M-PESA is a service that allows you to transfer money using a mobile phone. Kenya is the first country in the world to use this service, which is offered by mobile operators Safaricom and Vodafone. M-PESA is available to all Safaricom subscribers (Prepay and Postpay), even if they do not have a bank account. Registration is FREE and available at any M-PESA Agent in Kenya. The M-PESA application is installed on your SIM card and works on all handset models.

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