In July this year, MTN Uganda has partnered with SIMFY Africa to launch an instant messaging app; Ayoba that is enabling users to access more affordable communication, subscribe to news channels as well as entertain themselves through gaming. Now with new updates to the app which is available for download to Android users, MTN Uganda has introduced Mobile Money person to person transactions within the app — a feature that the telco believes will enable customers to send money to each other in-app.
Susan Kayemba, the Senior Manager, MTN Digital Services said they are happy to inform their customers that they can now send and receive money within the ayoba app while they chat — further nothing that MTN and SIMFY will continue modifying the ayoba app to integrate all their customers’ telecommunication needs.
According to the ayoba app developers, “ayoba is not just a new platform for people to chat with each other, it is a one of a kind digital platform that elevates the concept of instant messaging to a whole new level of instant and integrated connecting.”
Unlike other messaging apps, with ayoba, customers can chat (app to SMS and SMS to app) with anyone regardless of whether they have a smart phone or not, or whether they have the ayoba app or not. MTN customers can reply to these messages on SMS even when they don’t have the app. ayoba lets you securely send and receive text messages, voice messages, videos, images, audio and other files with any of your contacts, using your mobile internet connection.
MTN customers will however not need any data (MBs) to use the service. They can use it free of charge up to 1GB of data, every month.
How to get started with ayoba:
Step 1: Visit MyMTN app www.mtn.co.ug/mymtn open the app and select Ayoba.
Step 2: Select your preferred download option and click on “Download Now”.
Step 3: When prompted to, select “allow from this source” and install app.
Step 4: Open the app and sign up to start chatting for FREE.