Mobile Apps in Africa News: #29

Bango and MMIT target Africa’s Complex Mobile Payment Landscape with new service

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Mobile payments specialist Bango has partnered with software developer MMIT to release M-Iflọ, a safe payment solution that enables online transactions for digital content.

M-Iflọ navigates the complex mobile payment environment in Sub-Saharan Africa and is tailored to the needs of the industry leaders in mobile content.

M-Iflọ is a payment verification portal that acts as a safe entry point for mobile content providers to reach the African market. M-Iflọ allows consumers with a mobile wallet account in Africa to pick their wallet provider as a payment option at the checkout page of a content site. The wallet holder enters their mobile wallet number for account verification and obtains the content. MORE…

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Retailer, bank tapping into the smartphone app market

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PICK n Pay has taken advantage of the strides made in smartphone technology by going fully digital with a new mobile application (app) for its Smart Shopper programme.

The retailer said with many South Africans dependent on smartphones, of which there were about 12 million in circulation, it had decided to move its programme, which had over 6 million members, to a digital format.

Georgina Muirhead, head of Pick n Pay’s digital team, said: “With the new Pick n Pay app for your phone, you can do all the things you would usually do at the Smart Shopper kiosk.” MORE…

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2 Nigerians finalists in VentureOut Mobile Apps contest

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Two Nigerian designed applications, Nearest Locator and Prowork, are among 13 finalists selected for the VentureOut Challenge—an initiative of infoDev and CRDF Global with support from Co-creation Hub Nigeria.

The two applications will compete for the $10,000 in seed funding before a live audience and a panel of mobile experts in Chisinau, Moldova on 1 November 2013.

The VentureOut initiative was launched to help mobile app entrepreneurs to expand internationally.

The finalists include ventures from Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia and represent mobile applications ranging from mobile health focusing on patient-centric health applications to location-based services and different sorts of entertainment including music, gaming and television. The full list of finalists can be found here. MORE…

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