A few months ago, we mentioned how a new online payment platform, topup.co.zw had been launched by Paynow, a payments subsidiary of the Webdev group.
It has the unique advantage of selling vouchers for several services like TelOne ADSL, airtime from the 3 mobile networks and top ups for several internet providers. The platform later introduced the sale of ZESA prepaid electricity.
Now, TelOne has its own payment platform called telpay.co.zw . It offers a payment facility for TelOne bills and sells TelOne ADSL and WiFi vouchers. Another nifty add-on is the sale of ZESA prepaid electricity that you can pay for with Telecash and EcoCash.
These two payment options, plus VISA and Mastercard come with any integration to Paynow, something that TelOne probably went with because of its existing relationship with the service.
It’s also significant because it’s another attempt to shore in mobile money payment for ZESA, something that the power utility company hasn’t extended to EcoCash and Telecash. Like other “workarounds” before it like recharge.co.zw, TelOne’s Telpay wants to tap into the huge market of mobile money subscribers that EcoCash and Telecash have.
This new payment platform doesn’t mean you won’t see TelOne on topup.co.zw though. The TelOne website is redirecting online payments to both topup and telpay.co.zw. TelOne looks like it just wants to give its subscribers more options.