Vodafone New Zealand introduces new top up system for mobile credit
Posted on 6-Apr-2005 22:23
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Vodafone is launching an exclusive new service called HotLink, that allows New Zealand users to top up their Prepay or On Account balance directly from a nominated bank account using their mobile phones.
Initially HotLink will only be available to Vodafone users with a Bank of New Zealand bank account, however, other major banks are expected to be onboard soon.
Vodafone says that 80% of its customers rely on Prepay mobiles. It is estimated that it takes each customer an average of 10 minutes once a month to buy a Prepay recharge card. TheHotLink service will give customers the option to choose to top up their credit anywhere and at any time directly from their mobile, even overseas in Australia, UK and Spain.
Vodafone Head of mCommerce, Hamish Sansom says these statistics confirm the need for an innovative solution which will help save time and provide greater convenience for mobile users everywhere.
"Not only can you top up your own mobile credit, you can use HotLink to top up someone else's. That means parents can give credit instead of cash to kids, and friends short of cash can top up a mate when borrowing a few dollars," said Hamish Sansom.
Customers can register to use HotLink by completing a simple and secure 10 second process at a Bank of New Zealand ATM. The new technology allows customers to access their personal bank account by typing their debit card PIN into the mobile and selecting up to NZ$200 in credit per day. When the transaction is complete a text message is sent for confirmation.
As part of the launch of its new service, Vodafone New Zealand is offering until the end of May to Vodafone users who register for HotLink special First Time Rewards the first time they top up or pay their On Account. If a user tops up someone else's account with a minimum of NZ$20 using HotLink then he/she will receive 10 free text messages per top up.