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PayPal users in the UK can now buy, hold and sell Bitcoin too

At the end of March this year PayPal pulled a surprise when it announced that US PayPal account holders could now buy Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum right from their dashboards. This seemed like an experiment and if it was it seems to be going well too. Now PayPal has just extended this feature to PayPal […]

Flutterwave & PayPal waive international fees for African merchants

Flutterwave and PayPal are running a promotion aimed at encouraging African merchants to market their goods and services internationally. Under this promotion, Flutterwave merchants/users will be able to receive US$500 worth of receipts through PayPal for free. Normally, merchants are charged 4.4%+US$0.30 per transaction. Flutterwave has collaborated with PayPal to waive off charges on the […]

How and why you should open a South African FNB Non-Resident Account

If your operations cross borders then you might want to consider opening an FNB non-resident account as an alternative to PayPal and Skrill restrictions

Pornhub could push Bitcoin price even higher than the current USD22 577

Adult entertainment website Pornhub after being ditched by VISA and MasterCard is now only accepting payment in cryptos. What could that do the already climbing price of Bitcoin?

PayPal will soon allow cryptocurrency trading & shopping

In a major move for the cryptocurrency adoption, US payment giant PayPal announced that it has joined the cryptocurrency market. Customers will, in early 2021, be able to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrencies directly from their PayPal account. The motivation behind this shift was the migration to digital payments that was driven by the COVID-19 […]

Vodafone Withdraws From FB’s Libra Association To Focus On M-Pesa

Following Facebook’s announcement of Libra, there was a brief honeymoon phase where crypto and tech enthusiasts celebrated the coming of this digital currency which would leverage Facebook’s digital footprint of 2.45+ billion users. Fast forward 7 months and that enthusiasm has died down. A number of Libra association members have stepped down with Vodafone being […]

Ordinary Zimbabweans Cannot Access PayPal Because Of Sanctions – Government

On the 4th of March, the United States President, Donald J. Trump extended US sanctions against Zimbabwe or against individuals in Zimbabwe. The real truth lies somewhere in the middle and is an issue of political debate. Of course all kinds of reactions have resulted from this decision by the United States government. Our government […]

This Workaround Allows You To Get A Business Paypal Account In Zimbabwe: You Shouldn’t Use It

One of the things you quickly learn when you join the eCommerce scene is that PayPal is king. Sure there are plenty of other ways you can receive and make payments but PayPal is definitely one of the most widely accepted and supported internationally. The second thing you learn as a Zimbabwean is that Zimbabwean […]

Can You Receive Money Into A Zimbabwean PayPal Account?

Every now and again, we receive a question from readers asking us if they can receive money in the Zimbabwean PayPal accounts. The answer right now (October 2018) is that you cannot. PayPal hasn’t yet opened this functionality for their Zimbabwean subscribers. How to Check? In case you’re reading this article sometime well after October […]

You Can Still Get Udemy Courses For $11 Or Using Ecocash

A lot of people apparently took advantage of the $9.99 Udemy offer from last week but if you were for some reason unable there is no need to despair: You can still enrol into a Udemy course of your choosing for $10.99 or Ecocash $15 (see below for details). What the heck is Udemy? A […]

PayPal Partners M-Pesa To Enhance E-Commerce, Will Ecocash Follow?

Mobile money service platform, M-Pesa users will soon be able to participate in global e-commerce after it announced a collaboration with worldwide online payments system, PayPal. The service will facilitate M-Pesa users to shop with PayPal merchants and smoothly transfer funds between M-Pesa and PayPal accounts consequently increasing commerce nationally and internationally. Qualifying M-Pesa users […]

#AskTechzim Video: Paypal for Zimbabwean Merchants, Best smartphone brands, Custom ROMS, Our Bias

Usually we write what we think you want to read. Sometimes we’re right about this but other times that just means stuff that you’d like us to cover never gets the chance. We want to change this. Every Thursday we’ll be doing an #AskTechzim video, in which we’ll answer stuff that you ask us via […]

Finally: here’s how to receive money through PayPal in Zimbabwe…

For a couple of years now PayPal has been ‘active’ in Zimbabwe. Yes, some of you that are across rivers and bridges may sigh and say ‘big deal, so what?’, but this has been a struggle for us, not only as residents in Zimbabwe, but even for mere visitors to our land. Getting paid through […]

Zimbabwe’s incomplete PayPal experience adds to cash crisis frustrations

This adds to the frustrations that we face in a cash strapped economy that has its eyes opened wide for foreign capital injections. Whatever inflows that could be coming via PayPal are not making their way into Zimbabwe when it needs them the most.

Want to send money, how about via Bluetooth?

Have you ever stumbled upon a thought, thinking just how possible it could be to send money using Bluetooth technology, how easy your life would be if it only meant not going through the banking process or other money transfer services? Well, this is the twenty first century. The only time when spending money is way […]

How to send money to UK

There are instances when you are either travelling or have a friend or relative in the diaspora and need to send money to them. Yes, the flow of funds is not just one way, but undoubtedly more funds come into Zimbabwe than go out (I’m not referring to payments for goods here, but rather peer […]

Here’s why Zimbabwe is not ready for e-commerce

This weekend we (my friends and I) decided to have a little get together and watch all the airing football matches together, something that we do every other weekend. As is also always the case we found ourselves debating over every topic under the sun during the breaks but this time online shopping (specifically why […]

Jive Zimbabwe launches online music platform..Again. Will they succeed?

You may have read an article in yesterday’s Sunday Mail (and last week’s NewsDay actually) about a new online music distribution site for Zimbabwean music called Jive Zimbabwe. They are here. This is actually not the first time Jive Zimbabwe has “launched” so it should be a relaunch really. The first launch happened almost two years ago […]

ZimStocks app introduces subscriptions with latest version

An update for ZSE investment application ZimStocks has been released with a set of new features that were largely influenced by feedback from the users. More importantly the ZimStocks team has introduced a subscription model to start generating revenue through the app. Membership gives access to the app’s features like Home, Portfolio, Watchlist, Alerts, Stock Insights.This […]

PayPal hits 1 mil users SA. What’s the payments opportunity in the rest of Africa?

PayPal has just announced its active user base figure in South Africa, and it’s 1 million! Great yes, that so many more people can pay using what has become the defacto payment gateway of the internet. 1 million is however still less than 1% of PayPal’s active user accounts globally of 152 million and at home in South Africa, 1 million […]

Accessing US based services from Zimbabwe

In a previous article we looked at how Amazon was reportedly piloting a library like feature where customers could access books for a fixed monthly charge. We went on to look at other similar services like Oyster Books and Scribd which are currently on the market. All to often most of these services and pilots […]

EXCLUSIVE – How to use MasterCard with Telecash

For those of you who are avid online buyers, here’s a hack that will allow you to use your MasterCard with Telecash. This solution has been available ever since Telecash launched in Zimbabwe and has been possible because of their “interoperability”. Enjoy!!! (You can thank me later) What you will need to use MasterCard with Telecash A […]

The joys of online booking (and sold-out John Legend tickets )

Here’s something that every local music fan who isn’t living under a rock knows by now – Global superstar John Legend will be performing in Zimbabwe on the 19th of November 2014 as part of his “All of Me” Tour. If you are not acquainted with his music or simply are not a fan this […]

10 services you can now enjoy in Zimbabwe thanks to PayPal

But there may be some of you who are wondering what all the excitement is about. Why is everyone (well at least those online) excited about being able to PAY other people and NOT SELL their goods and service?

Three reasons why PayPal won’t work in Zimbabwe

As Zimbabweans we have been a deprived lot. If it is not one nation introducing Visas so that we can’t visit them, then it is another banning the use of our ETDs (Emergency Travel Documents) when going to visit. Our misfortunes have also been prominent online. Facebook did not allow us to advertise to followers […]

PayPal In Zimbabwe: Here’s How To Open Your PayPal Account

UPDATE: Right now the cards that are working online and with PayPal in Zimbabwe are the USD pre-funded MasterCard/Visa cards which are being issued by some banks for example FBC, Steward Bank, NMB… Some banks still have well functioning non pre-funded MasterCard/Visa debit cards but with strict restrictions on online payments. Please check with your […]

PayPal now available in Zimbabwe. But not for merchants and peer to peer

This, it turns out, is a payments week! It’s official, PayPal is coming to Zimbabwe starting tomorrow, 17 June 2014. The announcement was made today by Rupert Keeley, the executive in charge PayPal’s Europe Middle East and Africa region, in an interview he gave to Reuters. PayPal will be opening up its services to Zimbabwe and […]