MTN Uganda to Reward MoMoPay Customers in Festive Season Discounted Shopping

  • MTN customers who pay for their shopping using MoMoPay will get a 5% discount capped at 5,000 UGX everyday throughout the festive season 
  • MoMoPay can be accessed through MyMTN app or *165*3#. It is free, safe and convenient 
  • Customers who share their MoMoPay screenshots on the MTN Uganda social media pages will stand a chance to win shopping vouchers worth 50,000 UGX

December 2020-Kampala Uganda: MTN Uganda is yet again rewarding its MoMoPay customers this festive season with discounts on their daily shopping this festive season  in a promotion dubbed MTN MoMoPay X-mas.

Customers who shop and pay with MTN MoMoPay for the four week period of the promotion will receive a 5% discount capped at UGX 5.000 once every day. Additionally, five lucky customers will win shopping vouchers worth 50,000 shs every week for the four weeks of the promo. To enter the draw, simply shop and pay with MoMoPay, share a screenshot of your MoMoPay transaction on MTN Uganda social media platforms and stand a chance to win a shopping voucher worth 50,000UGX.

MoMoPay is a service that allows merchants to receive payments for goods and services from their customers using MTN Mobile Money. The service is accessible through the My MTN App or *165*3#. With MTN MoMoPay, merchants can also sell airtime and earn commission, pay suppliers and their workers’ salaries as well as transfer money to the bank.

Commenting about the MoMoPay X-mas promotion, Martin Mwesiga the Consumer Segment Manager at MTN Uganda said that since Christmas and the festive season are about shopping, gifting and merry making, MTN Uganda wants to make it easier for its clients by giving them a discount on their festive season shopping payments made through MoMoPay.

“This year has been disrupted and the times have been tough. That is why we are bringing cheer to your festive season with MTN MoMoPay daily discounts. Simply make payments using MTN MoMoPay and get a 5% discount on your first payment every day.” Mwesiga said. This promotion will continue throughout the festive season.

In adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs, payments done digitally through MoMoPay will further help in preventing the spread of the corona virus since the payment method limits the exchange of physical cash. MoMoPay is safe, convenient, free and available in all the leading supermarkets and shops across the country.

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About MTN Uganda

Launched in 1998, MTN Uganda is the leading communications operator in Uganda, offering Mobile and Fixed telecommunications, Mobile Money Services and Internet Service Provisioning. As at 31st December 2018, MTN Uganda recorded 11.2 million subscribers across Uganda. Visit us at www.mtn.co.ug or follow us on

www.youtube.com/mtnug and www.twitter.com/mtnug or www.twitter.com/mtnugpro for assistance.

About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator with a clear vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our 240 million customers in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. We are inspired by our belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code “MTN”. We are pursuing our BRIGHT strategy with a major focus on growth in data, fintech and digital businesses.

For more information, please contact:

The mediadesk.ug@mtn.com or 077 212 1372

Rhona Arinaitwe Rhona.Arinaitwe@mtn.com or 077 212 3067

Emmy Olaki at emmy.olaki@tbwa-uganda.com or 078 260 5997

MTN Foundation Uganda launches Youth Skilling Program

  • This program is for young innovators, youth employed in SMEs, University graduates and youth who are interested in technology for the improvement of their communities across Uganda. 
  • The youth will be empowered with skills to enable them to employ the practical application of innovative ICT solutions to solve their communities’ most pressing challenges.
  • A call for application will put out via MTN digital channels and100 successful applicants will be selected to join the program for each cycle.

Tuesday 8th December 2020 – Kampala, Uganda: In yet another exciting initiative, the MTN Foundation Uganda has launched its Youth Empowerment skilling program under foundation arm of youth empowerment that is set to benefit at least 100 youths in preparation for the evolving digital world.

The MTN Foundation Youth skilling Program will be implemented in partnership with Ubunifu systems, a software development firm based in Uganda. Ubunifu systems has cut its niche in professional mobile and web development with a focus on innovative, personalized, and fully functional solutions that deliver value and satisfaction.

The MTN Foundation Youth skilling Program will focus on skills that will drive co-creation of innovative digital products and solutions to solve Uganda’s biggest problems in Education, Youth Empowerment, Health and Agriculture. This comes at a backdrop of the COVID19 pandemic that has demonstrated the immense need of digitalized systems to keep businesses and communities afloat in times of catastrophic circumstances.

While addressing the press at the launch of the Program today, Wim Vanhelleputte, the MTN Chief Executive Officer said that this is one of the many initiatives that MTN Uganda has put in place to enable the youth tap into the limitless possibilities of the Fourth industrial revolution.

“Since they are the majority, the youth are a big and essential component in the country’s growth and development. That is why we as MTN have chosen to involve them to stimulate local innovation, which in turn will help youth create gainful employment opportunities  through community transforming innovations as we enter the new era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Vanhelleputte.

The team lead At Ubunifu systems MTN’s implementing partner, Brian Ssennoga commended MTN Uganda for starting such an initiative and reaffirmed that the program would be transformational.

“This is a great initiative, we a thankful to be partnering on with MTN on this great initiative.  The program will powersport a new way to innovate especially the commitment to prioritize Digital for Good and access to ICT for Good Knowledge. This program will tailor to a diverse youthful audience providing them with knowledge, skills, and experiences to support building collaborative local solutions that align to the Foundation’s work in Uganda.”  Said Brian Ssennoga the Team lead Ubunifu systems.

The youth account for the largest share of Uganda’s population, with 77% of the citizens aged below 25 years of age, with a vast majority of them unemployed.

MTN Uganda through the Youth Empowerment Program is therefore targeting a group of 100 beneficiaries ranging from university graduates, innovators and those engaged in Small and Medium with a mission of inspiring and empowering them towards harnessing the practical application of innovative ICT solutions to solve their communities’ most pressing challenges. The MTN Foundation will invite applications from young innovators in Uganda. Training will commence early next year.

MTN is committed to integrating the youth in its programs. Last year, MTN invited the youth to develop applications that use MTN MoMo APIs, to monetize both consumer and business opportunities digitally, a task many of them executed successfully and early this year, MTN and Ericsson awarded winners of the MTN Mobile Money Open API challenge.

About MTN Foundation

The MTN Uganda Foundation is a non-profit entity that was inaugurated in July 2007 as a vehicle through which MTN Uganda implements its corporate social investments (CSI). The main objective of the foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in youth empowerment, education, health and other national priorities. The MTN Uganda Foundation is governed by an independent Non-Executive Board of Trustees made up on eminent members of society.

 

About MTN Uganda

Launched in 1998, MTN Uganda is the leading communications operator in Uganda, offering Mobile and Fixed telecommunications, Mobile Money Services and Internet Service Provisioning. As of 31st December 2018, MTN Uganda recorded 11.2 million subscribers across Uganda. Visit us at www.mtn.co.ug or follow us

on www.youtube.com/mtnug and www.twitter.com/mtnug or www.twitter.com/mtnugpro for assistance.

 

About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator with a clear vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our 240 million customers in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. We are inspired by our belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code “MTN”. We are pursuing our BRIGHT strategy with a major focus on growth in data, fintech and digital businesses.

For more information, please contact:

MTN Uganda Press Office: mediadesk.ug@mtn.com

Rhona Arinaitwe: Rhona.Arinaitwe@mtn.com or 077 212 3067

Emmy Olaki: emmy.olaki@tbwa-uganda.com or 078 260 5997

MTN launches an easy payment plan that allows customers to buy devices in instalments

  • Under the scheme, customers will pay for their smartphone in affordable monthly instalments.
  • The scheme kicks off with a new high-speed internet smartphone, bundled with free MBs for the period of the instalment payments.
  • MTN believes the everyone deserves the benefit of a modern connected life and has over many years implemented various strategies to make access to the internet more affordable and accessible to all.
  • This innovation is a first by a telecommunications service provider in Uganda.

MTN Uganda has launched an easy payment plan that allows customers to get smartphones and pay in easy instalments over a specified period. Named ‘Pay mpola mpola’, the scheme is another first by a telecom company in Uganda, and places MTN at the forefront of innovation in the telecom industry in Uganda.

Speaking during the unveiling of the Scheme, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer Sen Somdev said the idea behind this scheme is to give many Ugandans access to the internet through easing affordability of smartphones; at payment terms which are manageable.

“MTN believes the everyone deserves the benefit of a modern connected life and has since 2011 implemented various strategies to make access to the internet more affordable and accessible to all,” Somdev said.

Somdev further explained that while many people would like to enjoy the experience of the Internet, access to affordable smart phones, has remained a challenge. With the introduction of this easy payment plan and an affordable smartphone offer to it, MTN will be putting the internet and its benefits in the hands of many more Ugandans.

To kick-start this scheme, MTN has unveiled the MTN Kabode – a new high-speed internet smartphone that customers will initially be able to buy under the ‘pay mpola mpola’ scheme. The new phone is a quality device that has been tested in other MTN operations as well as approved by the local regulator. It is user friendly, has a long battery life with a 5.5” screen, 2MP front camera and 5MP back.

The smartphone gives customers access to the MyMTN, Ayoba, WhatsApp, TIDAL (the music app) and Facebook apps, among others.

As part of the offer, customers will also get free MBs every month as they pay for the phone in easy instalments. However, the offer of free MBs offer is a feature that comes with all new smart phones that activate an MTN SIM card regardless of where you buy it.

Somdev however emphasized that the new financing scheme is not a loan scheme. “We are not a financial institution, and this is not a loan. MTN is just providing access to high end quality phones but on an instalment payment basis,” he said.

The new financing scheme has started in selected parts of the country and will later be rolled out to other parts of the country. This is part of a wider plan by MTN to make good quality and affordable smartphones available for customers.

About the easy payment scheme

What is this easy payment plan?

 

This is a new offer from MTN, which allows MTN customers purchase devices bundled with data with a low initial payment and the balance paid in multiple monthly instalments thereafter. When you take a device on instalment offer, you automatically enter an agreement with MTN Uganda for provision of this service and also accept the terms & conditions that you can find available at www.mtn.co.ug
For how long can I make instalments and finish paying for my phone? You will be required to pay instalments and finish the balance within 6 months
Who is eligible to get this offer? Only MTN customers are eligible for this service. Eligibility is guided by how long the customer has been an MTN subscriber as well as their usage of MTN services.
How do I know whether I am eligible for easy payment plan offer? You can check if you are eligible, by dialing *165*5*2#
Which handsets are available under this offer? For the start, only one device, the 4G MTN Kabode is available for purchase through the easy payments plan
Are devices under the plan covered by warranty? Yes, the devices under easy payment plan will be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
Are devices under this offer covered by insurance? No, the devices are not insured.
Where do I pick up the device from? After checking eligibility through *165*5#, the customer will be required to visit an MTN Service Centre, with the required initial deposit plus their national ID, to get the Smartphone.
How do I pay the instalments? You can only make your payments using MTN Mobile Money by the *165*5*2# selecting MTN Depo or through the MyMTN App
How do I know my monthly repayment amount? To know the monthly instalment, dial *165*5*2# or go the MyMTN App
Are early instalment payments allowed? Yes, they are. You can make your payments daily, weekly, or monthly provided you pay the required amount for the month by the end of the 30 days from last instalment or deposit payment
Is there any penalty for paying the full amount before the 6 months elapse? There is no penalty for completing your payments earlier than the 6 months
Is the purchase of devices through easy payment plan available to subscribers of other mobile networks? The offer is available to MTN customers only. The customer should also have an active Mobile Money account and should be using MTN services regularly to be able to benefit from the offer
Can I pay for someone else’s phone in instalments? Only the person whose number was approved to get the phone on instalment can pay for it. You can send them the requisite instalment amount through MTN Mobile Money, and they make the payment
Are devices bought through the easy payment plan, covered by warranty and by an MTN return policy? Yes. Devices bought through the easy payment plan offer are covered by an MTN return policy and come with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty

 About MTN Uganda

Launched in 1998, MTN Uganda is the leading communications operator in Uganda, offering Mobile and Fixed telecommunications, Mobile Money Services and Internet Service Provisioning. As at 31st December 2018, MTN Uganda recorded 11.2 million subscribers across Uganda. Visit us at www.mtn.co.ug or follow us on

www.youtube.com/mtnug and www.twitter.com/mtnug or www.twitter.com/mtnugpro for assistance.

 

About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator with a clear vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our 240 million customers in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. We are inspired by our belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code “MTN”. We are pursuing our BRIGHT strategy with a major focus on growth in data, fintech and digital businesses.

 

For more information, please contact:

The mediadesk.ug@mtn.com or 077 212 3067 or

Emmy Olaki at emmy.olaki@tbwa-uganda.com or 078 260 5997