Opera Mini, the famous mobile browser now has a new feature in Kenya, OPay. The service is also available on other browsers and allows users to top up Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom airtime, pay electricity, cable and other utility bills, all through the same online platform. Notably, this is part of Opera’s Investment of $100 Million To Facilitate The Growth of African Digital Economy.
How it works
The basic working principle for OPay is rather simple.
- Visit www.operapay.com then tap on the hamburger menu.
- Click on sign in and enter your phone number and you will receive a one time code that you will use to authenticate. You will do this everytime you want to access OPay.
- You also have the option of deleting the account.
- Tap on airtime then enter the number you wish to buy for.
- Enter the amount of Airtime you wish to purchase
- Proceed to enter the number that’s is to pay the cash via MPESA
- Pay as given details by OperaPay as shown below
Supported Payment options
At launch, OPay already supports some of the major payment methods available in the country like MPESA, AirtelMoney, VISA, and Mastercard.
As an introductory offer, Opera is offering adopters a couple of goodies. Users will earn a 100% bonus of up to Ksh 200 on making their first deposit to their wallet. This can be used to pay for services or buy airtime on the same platform. Also, users get a 20% cashback in their wallet for every airtime bought.
More than 80 percent of the country’s population has access to a cell phone. These people use the phones to pay for goods and services,” says Nuno Sitima, Executive Vice President of Payments and Fintech, Opera Software AS. “However, the challenges of long distances, difficult terrain and large rural populations who often lack access to formal banking systems are all addressed with OPay and the reach of the Opera Mini browser. Our ultimate goal is to fuel the growth of African businesses through a simple, affordable solution that can encompass many payment methods in one easy-to-use app.”
Opera hopes to leverage the high penetration of mobile phones, mobile money and their market share in the region to make OPay the solution Kenya needs to maintain the lead as one of Africa’s leaders in digital innovation.
Sources: Reviewstabloid, CIO.