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Orange Kenya subscribers can now purchase airtime via rival network Safaricom’s mobile money transfer platform M-Pesa.
Airtime from KSh10 can be purchased, with KSh10 airtime costing KSh6 through M-Pesa.
Orange Kenya partnered with Pesapal to enable virtual airtime top ups allowing Orange customers to pay for the virtual airtime either via Orange money, PesaPal e-wallet, VISA, MasterCard or any other mobile money service from rival operators.
Mickael Ghossein, Orange’s chief executive, said with PayPal the company was now taking a different approach to airtime distribution by providing more convenient electronic distribution supported by online payments.
PayPal also partnered with Equity Bank in July to launch Kenya’s first service allowing customers to receive payments via PayPal and withdraw their money via Equity Bank accounts. The new partnership with rival M-Pesa will benefit Orange significantly due to Safaricom’s wide coverage in the country and accessibility of its 65,000 agents.
Most of Orange outlets in the country stock airtime worth less than KSh500 (US$7.72), although its popular unlimited internet package costs KSh1,000 (US$11.40) and KSh3,000 (US$34.33) a month.