The Mobile Revolution in Africa


4 comments posted

I can totally see people paying with sap sap, it would eliminate the need and the problem of change which is the issue everywhere.

I hope something like that gets implemented here.

Posted by Hugo Ortiz on Mon, 02/07/2011 - 09:07
The logistical issues are...

Increasing technology (phone) literacy, cell phone coverage, AND the local languages issue (for vocal web browsing).  Paying with sap sap could work, but trust between peoples (and also the ability to read numbers and understand their equivalent in local language) would have to be improved as well.

Posted by Andrea Kung on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 19:30
Despite being an adament

Despite being an adament local language fanatic the truth is that the internet and paying with phones can penetrate without browsers or voice support in local language. Just think of the number of illiterate people that use Chinese phones to call, listen to music and watch videos already. If you are illiterate obviously you aren't going to be reading news articles etc just like you aren't going to read books but you will undoubtedly learn how to send and receive money just as unité is used now.

Posted by coleman.donaldson on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 23:52
I'm with Coleman

Kenya is already a success story in how mobile banking can work. I mean, we aren't talking about it working in Europe and hoping it works in Africa. This is working in locations with high illiteracy and little infrastructure. It really is only a smalll step from Sap Sap.

For example, I had to pay for a visa one time and was short by about 500 cfa. Ended up, a guy let me have 500 cfa and I later Sap Sap'ed him back.

We aren't talking about Wallstreet styled shares trading, just money flow. Besides, you wouldn't have to worry about ripping a 5 mille note and accidently losing the other half. Btw, anyone seen half a 5 mille note I lost?

Posted by Thomas Ellison on Fri, 02/11/2011 - 18:35