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Telefonica moves into Argentina's mobile money market

Shane Romig

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 11:59

Spain's Telefonica SA and MasterCard on Wednesday launched a mobile money service in Argentina with an eye on millions of wireless users who don't have a bank account.

Spain's Telefonica SA and MasterCard on Wednesday launched a mobile money service in Argentina with an eye on millions of wireless users who don't have a bank account.

Telefonica and Mastercard plan to eventually offer the service, dubbed Wanda, in a dozen Latin American countries through a 50-50 joint venture.

Wanda is based on a virtual prepaid debit account linked to a cell phone. Argentine users can transfer money between Wanda accounts, buy air time, make purchases at participating stores, and soon will be able to pay bills, Wanda general manager Ramiro Gomez said.

Click here to find out more!"We're mainly focusing on people outside the banking system," which is as many as 50% in Argentina, Gomez said at a press conference Wednesday.

Many Argentines shun banks due to the country's long history of banking crisis. For people living in the rural hinterland, bank branches are few and far between.

"We're offering a solution to someone who doesn't have a bank card," Gomez said. 

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Tags: Mobile Banking, Mobile Money Transfer, Americas, MasterCard, Mobile Money, Telefonica, Argentina, Wanda

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