Econet’s mobile financial service EcoCash and fuel distributor Total Zimbabwe announced a partnership which gives all EcoCash subscribers the option to pay for fuel using mobile money.
Over the past two weeks EcoCash had been advertising this payment option for some service stations but the latest announcement looks like a rollout of this payment alternative to all Total Zimbabwe service stations.
It’s another move by EcoCash to postion itself as the default solution to Zimbabwe’s current cash crisis. Earlier this month it also removed merchant payment charges as a way of encouraging the use of the mobile money service for all retail payments.
With a nationwide rollout of e-payments for fuel covered, it would be great if Ecocash pushed for the adoption of tools like its debit card and the Ecocash Ta as support features that would help with the ease of payment.
Tapping or swiping a card at a service station is a lot more cconvenient for every driver than punching through a series of USSD codes.