Pesapal Sabi integrates Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, Google Pay & Fitbit Pay in new international push


​Pesapal has integrated Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, FitBit Pay and Google Pay payments on its new tap-and-go, contact-less Sabi M010 terminals in a new move that will allow businesses across East Africa to conveniently accept digital wallet payments.

With this new integration, Pesapal is helping tap into international markets where Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, Google Pay & Fitbit Pay are forms of payments already. Merchants will also readily sell to tourists who flock East Africa with their mobile devices and smartwatches in place of credit or debit card, chip and PIN transactions.

“New payment technologies are exciting for us. With digital wallets, the ability for a consumer to transact quickly and securely enables the merchant to focus on providing more value for the customer, with the transactions taking the least time in the process. As a leading payment service provider, and especially in the hospitality and tourism industry, this will be key to stimulate spending among digital wallets users. ”, said Pesapal CEO Mark Mwongela

East Africa receives over 6 million tourists every year, from North America, Europe, Australia and China. As tourist numbers grow, local businesses along the tourism value chain such as hotels, restaurants, taxis, curio shops and tour operators will be able to sell more when they can accept digital wallet payments.

Samsung Pay is compatible with select Samsung Android mobile devices, including Gear S2, Gear S3, Gear Fit2 and Gear Sport watches as well as Samsung phones updated to Android 5.0. That includes the phones from the Galaxy series that were released after the S6 and Note 5.

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With over 25 million daily users worldwide, Google Pay uses NFC technology to securely transmit card information to the Sabi M010 card reader. All customers have to do to pay is simply hold their phone to the card reader while the phone app is open.

Apple Pay now has over 252 million users worldwide with an estimated 31 percent of iPhone users having made a purchase using the service in the past one year.

“Tourists carry their phones everywhere and when local traders and businesses accept payments from digital wallets, tourists can spend more which is good for local businesses. Tourism spend helps creates good quality jobs, raises the standard of living and as we have seen, leads to improved infrastructure and services for everyone.” added Pesapal CEO Mark Mwongela.

The payment options are immediately available to all merchants in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania who are using the Sabi M010 device. All transactions are processed via Visa Accelerated Connection Platform (ACP) and secured by CyberSource Inc, providing end to end safety for both consumers and merchants who use the service.

Businesses looking to acquire the new terminals can do so ​online​or contact ​[email protected]​.

Founded in 2009, Pesapal provides a simple, safe and secure way for individuals and businesses to make and accept payments in Africa. The firm lowers the cost of collecting money for businesses by offering an easily accessible, reliable and cost effective way of collecting money via mobile money or debit and credit cards and remitting directly to their banks accounts.

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Pesapal operates in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.