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MTN and Huawei Unveil The P8 Smartphone in Uganda

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Huawei P8 launched in Uganda

After a successful global launch in Asia, Europe and South Africa, the sensational award winning Huawei P8 smartphone has been launched in Uganda and will be available in MTN Uganda outlets and Service Centers countrywide.

Partnering with MTN Uganda, Huawei technologies unveiled the sleek smartphone to the Ugandan market at Kampala Serena Hotel at an exciting price of Ushs1,590,000 and is bundled with 50MB of data, daily for 60 days. The unveiling ceremony was presided over by the Prime Minister Ruhankana Rugunda.

The P8 was recently chosen as the best consumer smartphone at the annual European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) awards among many categories and sub-categories under mobile devices. As it turned out, the Huawei P8 was also voted as the best consumer smartphone for this year.

Unveiling the phone, Stanley Chyn, the Managing director Huawei Uganda, said one of the P8’s competitive advantage is its ability to connect more efficiently to different mobile networks.

“The best device is of little use if it cannot hold a signal. The P8 has been developed to hold and amplify even the weakest connection. The mandate was to design devices that inspire creativity, and the P8 stands in a category of its own,” Stanley Chyn said.

“It can be summarized as collaboration between technology and design. We wanted to make a statement. Building on the success of its predecessors, the P8 embodies a classic yet inspiring design, class-leading technology and ease of use that is bound to amaze and inspire its users,” he added.

The Huawei P8 delivers a new level of usability for applications impacting everyday life – at work and at play. With craftsmanship that pushes the bounds of possibility and new revolutionary light painting modes, the Huawei P8 provides consumers with an inspiration for creativity.

Speaking at the launch event, MTN Uganda CEO, Brian Gouldie said, “We are very delighted to partner with Huawei to unveil this year’s best smartphone so far. Smart phones are definitely the future of this industry.”

Last month, MTN Uganda launched its nationwide 4G network, further demonstrating its commitment to its vision to deliver a bold new Digital World. MTN is delighted to work with partners that provide 4G-ready devices to deliver a truly world-class experience.

“The Huawei P8 is built to offer a world-class user experience, something we, as MTN, emphasize in everything we do. Because we believe in making the customer the champion. With our country-wide 4G network, this phone will deliver that,” he added.

The P8 breaks new ground by combining the best of fashion and technology to give consumers the perfect blend of technology, style, usability and revolutionary low light camera features. The P8 embodies a new philosophy for camera design that leverages a combination of hardware, software and proprietary algorithms to help users capture beautiful photographs, even in the worst lighting conditions.

Its outward appeal lies in its sleek, classical design that reflects its users’ sense of style and appreciation of performance and usability. Combining elegance, craftsmanship and durability, the P8 is manufactured using the latest nano-injection moulding technology to deliver a one-piece aluminum body.

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Letshego donates relief aid to Bushenyi COVID-19 task force

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Bushenyi district CAO Mahabba Malik (with microphone) applauds the team from Letshego Uganda led by Joseph Kimbugwe (Head of MSE) during the UGX5M support to the Bushenyi Covid-19 Task Force handover in Bushenyi last weekend.

Bushenyi district CAO Mahabba Malik (with microphone) applauds the team from Letshego Uganda led by Joseph Kimbugwe (Head of MSE) during the UGX5M support to the Bushenyi Covid-19 Task Force handover in Bushenyi last weekend.

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Letshego Holdings Ltd, under its subsidiary Letshego Uganda continued its elaborate assistance to communities and locations that are bearing the brunt of the effects of the Corona virus. This time round, they contributed UGX 5m to the Bushenyi District Task Force headed by the RDC Jolly Tibemanya at a small event at the district headquarters.

“As the world continues to grapple with the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Letshego stands with communities to help limit the spread of the virus and ease the related economic hardships faced by the communities in which we live and work. Our support towards Bushenyi Covid-19 Task Force is one that we hope shall enable district teams across 9 sub counties, 5 town councils and a municipality,” Aijukwe Giles, CEO Letshego said.

Letshego’s donation was received by the Bushenyi CAO Mahabba Malik (also a member of the District Task Force) alongside other district staff. He applauded Letshego’s swift response to their pleas as well as the handsome contribution towards their strides. “We are eternally grateful to Letshego for their consideration and timely intervention at this trying time amidst the pandemic. The UGX5m will be allocated towards mobility and sensitization drives within the district so as to safeguard the lives and increase awareness of the virus spread,” Mahabba emphasized.

Aijukwe added, “We are very satisfied with how this close collaboration – a true partnership with the Bushenyi district- has enabled numerous interventions in such a short time, bringing tangible benefits throughout. Our initiatives aim to contribute to the care of the sick as well as to be a sign of appreciation for the exceptional work of those on the front lines: the doctors, nurses and staff who provide essential services, to whom we are so grateful.”

All of our operations are engaging in prevention and awareness campaigns to sensitize the local communities regarding Covid-19. As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, Letshego will continue to align its philanthropic resources based on emerging needs, prioritizing food, medical and emergency assistance.

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MoMo Nyabo winner to start piggery farm after clinching 5 million in promo

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Dorothy Kahubiire won 5million shillings in the ongoing MTN MoMo Nyabo promotion

Dorothy Kahubire won 5 million shillings in the ongoing MTN MoMo Nyabo promotion

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Several people have lost their sources of livelihood due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While many struggle to make ends meet as they grapple with the unprecedented financial disruption, MTN Uganda through its mobile money promotion, is giving back to its customers, in the third edition of its annual promo, MoMo Nyabo.

Dubbed MoMoNyabo together, this promotion seeks to help MTN MoMo customers rebuild together with their loved ones through encouraging them to share their MoMo prizes with their loved ones.

Every weekday, two lucky people win up to Ugx 5,000,000 million shillings while more 250 people win Ugx 50,000 shillings directly on their phones.

Dorothy Kahubire, 30, is one of the lucky people who won Ugx 5,000,000 shillings. The Administrator who was recently laid off at her workplace had been stranded at her friend’s place in Gulu during the lockdown.

When contacted by Zahara Totoo and Patricko Mujuuka, Kahubire was hesitant to believe that she had won Ugx 5,000,000 shillings just like that in such trying times. She however called MTN’s customer care to inquire on whether the number that called her was the official MoMo Nyabo number. It was indeed the official MTN MoMo Nyabo number and the unemployed Kahubire was a millionaire.

This year, MTN has granted its winners the opportunity to share the money won with another person. In this case, Kahubire chose to share her win with her mother. As she took 3,000,000 Uganda shillings, her mother was given 2,000,000 Uganda shillings.

The happy Kahubire shared the money with her mother, Joy Nyabimbiri. “She is my role model and to be able to share this with her is my way of giving back to her,” Kahubire said. An overjoyed Nyabimbiri thanked her daughter for her kind gesture over a phone conversation.

Upon receiving the Ugx 2,000,000 shillings on her Mobile Money account, Nyabimbiri said that she would be able to pay off her debts.

Kahubire is going to invest her share of the money in farming. “I have always wanted to start rearing pigs and with this I will be able to acquire the pigs that I need to start farming,” she said.

Kahubire said she has always used her mobile money to order for things online, buy airtime, and pay for her OTT tax.

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Chicken Xpress wins big in MoMo Nyabo promo

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Chicken Xpress won 2 million shillings in the MoMo Nyabo draw.

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MTN Uganda through its MoMoNyabo Togerther promotion is giving back to not only users of the mobile money service but also businesses that avail their customers the opportunity to pay for products and services using MTN MoMo Pay. The promotion dubbed MoMoNyabo Together is aimed at helping Ugandans rebuild following the financial disruption caused by the Covid 19 pandemic.

Businesses like hotels, pharmacies, fuel stations, supermarkets and more, can take part in the MoMo Nyabo Together promotion by enabling customers to make payments for their goods or services using MTN MoMo Pay.

Chicken Xpress, a fast food joint in Naalya won 2,000,000 UGX worth of mobile money owing to the fact that the business offers its customers the opportunity to pay for their meals using MoMo Pay.

Jemimah Mukimba, one of the Chicken Xpress staff said that most of the Chicken Xpress customers, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resorted to using mobile money to pay for their meals; “In a day we can have over 30 payments through MoMo Pay,” she noted.

While handing over the cheque, MTN’s Merchant payments officer Farouk Lwanga congratulated Chicken Xpress and encouraged other business owners to incorporate the use of MoMo Pay in their payment collection.

He further added that it is safer and convenient especially during the unprecedented times of COVID-19 where handling physical cash is discouraged as it goes through many different hands.

Lwanga also encouraged the general public to embrace the convenience that comes with paying for goods and services using MoMo Pay.

“All you have to do is dial *165# and follow prompts. Alternatively, you can download the MyMTN App so that you can access the MoMo Pay service,” Lwanga said.

Additionally, merchant handlers are winning vouchers for enabling customers to pay using MTN MoMoPay at their outlets.

Customers can use Mobile Money to pay for everything including airtime, data, voice bundles, yaka, water, television subscription and so much more.

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ABSA Contactless Cards to enhance shopping experience for customers

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A customer pays for their shopping using a contactless Absa Visa Debit Card.

A customer pays for their shopping using a contactless Absa Visa Debit Card.

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Absa Bank Uganda recently unveiled contactless vertical Visa debit cards and point-of-sale (POS) machines. The contactless functionality enables customers to make payments by simply ‘tapping’ the card on a contactless enabled POS terminal once the card has been enabled.

The contactless solution comes at a time when there is an increased need for the adoption of cashless payment options in the face of growing safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be spread through touching infected objects and surfaces.

Why get the Contactless Card?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is need to limit contact with other people and the contactless card addresses this as it’s only the customer that touches the card, thus reducing the chances of viral infection from contact with infected hands and objects.

Furthermore, contactless payments are faster and more convenient, as customers experience shorter queues, a faster ‘check-out’ process and no longer need to carry around a lot of cash to perform daily transactions.

There are also reduced chances for fraud as the card never leaves the customer’s hand and is designed with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which encrypts each transaction and ensures that account and payment information remain secure.

How to identify a Contactless Card

The Contactless Card is essentially no different from the other VISA Debit cards in terms of physical appearance.

They all have similar features including a magstripe, microchip, account number, and CVV2 code among others.

The only differentiating feature between the cards is a Wi-Fi symbol in the front top corner of the contactless card.

However, the card has to be enabled first before one can perform any contactless transactions.

To enable the card for contactless transactions, the customers will have to first use an Absa payment device or transact via an Absa ATM. Once this is done, the customer will then perform up to two more chip-and-PIN (swipe) transactions to enable the card for contactless payments.

ichael Segwaya, Absa CFO and ED and Ann Kiconco, acting Retail Banking Director pose with the contactless-enabled Vertical Debit Cards during the launch recently.

Michael Segwaya, Absa CFO and ED and Ann Kiconco, acting Retail Banking Director pose with the contactless-enabled Vertical Debit Cards during the launch recently.

How the card works?

While checking out at a contactless-enabled POS terminal, the merchant will simply key in the amount to be paid and then a Wifi sign will appear on the machine, meaning that it is enabled to accept contactless payments.

All the customer will then need to do is bring their contactless-enabled card near the POS machine (about 2 inches) and the payment will then been authorized, without being requested to put in their PIN.

When your contactless card is brought in range with the contactless-enabled device after the merchant has initiated the transaction, the two exchange the necessary details needed to complete the transaction.

The contactless card uses Near Field Communication which is a technology that allows wireless data transfer over a short range.

The chip on the card operates as one part of a wireless link. Once it’s activated by another chip, small amounts of data between the two devices can be transferred when held a few inches from each other.

How secure is the card?

Because payments are completed without need for PIN approval, the bank has a range of controls and checks to ensure safe and secure transactions.

For instance, when the transaction is completed, the customer receives an instant SMS notification notifying them about the details of the transaction by the card. In case they are not aware of the transaction, they can then contact the bank to block the card.

Also the card is configured with limits on how much one can transact at a time as well as the number of transactions they can make in the day. The number of transactions one can make in a day are intermittent. For instance a customer may do two transactions and on their third transaction, they are asked to put in their PIN to approve transaction.

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