Carbon, a Nigerian digital financial services firm which recently launched in Kenya, has today unveiled Carbon Express – A keyboard extension that allows customers to access Carbon services from within whatever app they are using.
Carbon Express will allow users to initiate and complete transactions such as P2P transfers and bill payments from the keyboard without launching the app or leaving the current app that they are using. Instead, they will be able to access services from the touch of their keyboard enabling quicker Instagram or Whatsapp commerce.
With the same PCI DSS compliant model of encryption, authentication, and security as Carbon’s other services, the keyboard technology adds a unique Carbon branded button to the customer’s smartphone keyboard which they can tap anytime to perform transactions. Think of sending an emoji but this time it’s real cash. Kenya’s mKey from Equity’s fintech subsidiary Finserve Africa was the first in the region to do this.
“This is a step in the right direction for Carbon as we aspire to go everywhere with our customer.” says Chijioke Dozie, CEO of Carbon. “People are spending a lot of their time on social messaging apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, etc, and It is only natural that some of the conversations they have on these platforms have to do with money. With Carbon Express, we are merging social conversations with financial services – meeting customers where they spend a lot of their time.”
Last week, the company also introduced Carbon Score, it’s loyalty scoring system that rewards customers with benefits such as Healthcare, additional referral bonuses as well as exclusive first access to some of its new features. “We want to continue to build a mutually beneficial relationship between our company and our customers and what better way than to reward their loyalty and discipline” Dozie adds.
Carbon Express and Carbon Score are the latest on a long list of market-leading innovations from the company. Formerly Paylater, the firm pioneered instant lending in Nigeria and was the first mobile app to provide access to credit digitally without documents and collateral traditionally associated with accessing loans.
Customers can use the keyboard when they update their current app.