Safaricom goes digital with the launch of M-pesa smart card

Kenya’s largest mobile service provider, Safaricom, has launched the much anticipated M-Pesa payment cards which was unveiled during the announcement of the Safaricom FY Results, 2017.

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The Safaricom smart card looks more like the Debit and Visa Cards but the functionalities are not the same . The card allows  for payment of services and goods instantly. Dubbed M-Pesa 1 Tap, this payment solution package includes a Wrist band and NFC badge. First launched successfully as a Pilot in Nakuru, M-Pesa 1 Tap will be rolling out country-wide with about 500,000 point of sale (POS) payment points in bars and restaurants, retail shops, fuel stations, among others. This is going to change everything.

The M-PESA Card is linked to a user’s M-PESA account. Therefore, before using the M-PESA Card it is a user’s responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient funds in M-PESA account to cover transaction plus the costs of the transaction where applicable.

For a user to apply for the M-PESA smart Card, they must be at least 18 years old with either a National Identity Card or a Military ID or a valid Passport or alien ID and a registered M-PESA user. Reports also indicate that it is only available to individual M-PESA Customers and is not available to M-PESA Paybill or M-PESA Merchant Customers.

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