WARID and Orange Uganda have joined the
Mobile Money network to offer money transfer services to their
clients. MTN's Mobile money and UTL's M-Sente are already in
operation with DSTV, Umeme, NWSC among others using this service for
customers to settle their bills.
At Case Clinic for example, you clearly
see a notice displayed at the payment point that they accept mobile
money payments. This can be helpful in a number of ways, assuming
you are short on cash of course as you did not know the cost of the
drugs coupled with the consultation fee, you could go ahead and call
up a friend to bail you out by sending the money to your phone so
that the medical bills can be settled.
Not so many people might be embracing
it now but it will be a matter of time before this becomes a way of
life though problems like load shedding can easily affect you if you
do not charge your mobile phone.
To access your account which in this
case is your mobile phone, it must be on. To receive money as well,
the phone must be on because unlike SMS that can be delivered when
the phone is switched on, you must use a service centre to retrieve
mobile money messages.