More than 2.5 billion people around the world don’t have a bank account and half of adults in the West (and 93% worldwide!) don’t have credit cards. Yesterday, Voxox announced a strategic partnership with mobile payments company Emida that will make it possible for the “unbanked” population to top up on calling, texting, faxing without the need for a bank account or credit card. The partnership makes Voxox available throughout Emida's distribution network of 54,000 retails points -- self-service kiosks and retail convenience stores worldwide. Emida will process and manage account refill transactions and mobile wallet payments from customers who prepay for the use of Voxox, offering an alternative to the traditional method of payment via credit card. The addition of this new payment practice extends Voxox’s reach to parts of the world where credit cards are not ubiquitous.
Voxox is revolutionizing the way users communicate, enabling those who do not have access to credit cards simple prepaid options to ensure they can continue to chat, text, message, etc. with friends and loved ones across the globe. We don't know of anyone else in the communications app space doing this!
“Most subscribers around the world prefer to use cash to top-up their accounts and prepay for the use of mobile applications. Partnering with Emida enables Voxox to provide the most common way for users to purchase our services, further extending the reach of our unified cloud communications application,” said Bryan Hertz, CEO, Voxox. “At Voxox, our mission is to simplify and enhance the way people communicate, and our new partnership with Emida enables us to meet this goal.”
In addition to delivering diverse payment options to users, the strategic alliance also makes Voxox available throughout Emida's extensive distribution network of over 54,000 retail points, including self-service kiosks and retail convenience stores. Emida's self-service kiosks offer consumers the option to automatically refill or apply credit toward the purchase of Voxox minutes or virtual products.
“Voxox’s robust service, which enables users to connect with anyone across any type of device, is enhancing the way users communicate across the globe. This makes them an ideal partner as our distribution network covers 37 countries,” said David Kirtman, CEO, Emida. “Our extensive distribution channels and cash-in / cash-out point of sale technology, paired with Voxox’s feature-rich application and strong mobile operator relationships, create a mutually beneficial partnership.”
Voxox will offer and promote Emida’s financial service offerings to its robust partner network of service providers. In turn, Emida will promote and sell Voxox throughout its distribution channel consisting of dealers, distributors, merchants, retailers, and points of sale. A truly collaborative alliance, both companies will work together in the distribution, promotion and sale of their collective products and services.
Voxox is the only OTT messaging service available that provides users with a way to break down the walls of the ever-growing collection of mobile messaging silos. Users of Voxox’s mobile and desktop solutions can communicate with other Voxox users for free. They can also send messages and make affordable calls to anyone not already using Voxox via their free Voxox phone number. For more information, please visit:www.voxox.com.
Emida is a leader in the global prepayment and value transfer market, operating in 37 countries throughout North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and Europe. We support a network of more than 54,000 retail points with an annual dollar payment volume in excess of $1.5B, processing more than 240 million annual payment transactions.
Our network technology enables the domestic and international distribution and value transfer of many types of prepaid products and payment services. Our strategy is to build profitable, robust distribution networks for many prepaid products in targeted operating geographies, and to introduce unique cross border value products between regions. Our payment processing platform provides robust revenue solutions for distributors, ISOs, retailers, carriers and service providers alike.