November 12, 2015
The Westpac Fiji Banking Corporation is offering free mobile banking service until Christmas.
The Westpac mobile banking integrated to Vodafone’s M PAiSA mobile wallet combines the reach and accessibility of the mobile phones and the security of money in a bank account to provide basic banking and financial services over the mobile.
The services includes options for balance enquiry, transfer funds to other accounts, top up mobile phones, and pay other local banks option.
Westpac Fiji general manager Adrian Hughes at a press conference in Suva today says the introduction of the service operational today will close the local financial gap.
“The banking scene is changing quite dramatically and Fiji is not immune. Only three or two years ago bankers only had one option,” Mr Hughes said.
“The mode of transactions have evolved and this is another huge leap forward in providing customers with more convenient a banking service they can trust.
“The products easy to understand and use and banking service to those customers , as mobile phones are changing our lives they help today they create a banking solution to our lives.”
Mr Hughes reiterated the local telecommunication landscape attributed to their movement in the digital direction.
“This service is attributed by users that around 700,000 Fijians have a mobile phone, and 95 per cent of the population is reachable by mobile all about making banking easy to use safe to use is secure and make payments and transfer to family and friends top up mobile phones statement of account and if you have number registered.
“Up until Christmas there will be ,no banking charges but 20 cents carrier cost after Christmas cost of a local call.”
Vodafone Chief Executive officer Pradeep Lal said the service would be operational on the Vodafone network with Vodafone and Inkk mobile users able to access the mobile banking service.
“This is a defining moment for us and ensure the better use of mobile phone through mobile banking. It will allow us to offer more to people like never before especially in the area of financial inclusion to those in rural and remote areas.”
SOURCE: Fiji Times