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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Celtel introduces Me2U

Celtel Nigeria has introduced what the telco described as another revolutionary service into the market known as Me2U.

Head of Public Relations, Events & Sponsorships, Celtel Nigeria, Mr. Emeka Oparah, said that Me2U offers numerous benefits including 24 hours availability of airtime, convenient recharge wide availability, top up on behalf of family members and flexible as well as inexpensive recharge denominations.

He explained that Me2U makes it possible for pre-paid customers on the Celtel network to share airtime and top up mobile phones of their friends and family members directly from their own mobile phones.

“To use the service, subscribers do not have to undergo any registration process because airtime is simply transferred by sending an Short Messaging Service (SMS) to the recipient indicating the amount of airtime the customer wants to share with another person,” he said.

In addition, he said that the step entails typing of 2u with a space; put number of the recipient (0802xxxxxxx) and another space, then put amount to be transferred with yet another space before adding the Personal Identification Number (PIN) code or password and then send the message to the short code-432.

According to him, each airtime transfer attracts the normal off peak SMS charge of N10 per message on the network.

Mr. Oparah pointed out that to transfer airtime, the subscriber transferring the airtime is required to provide a password.

“The default PIN code is 1234, but its advisable to change the default PIN code to avoid unauthorised usage,” he said.

After the first airtime transfer, he said, customers will receive a message requesting change of PIN code to protect his account from unauthorised usage.

He emphasised that users of the service could transfer any amount of airtime using the Me 2 U system, just as the service is not only user-friendly, “its also very secure, convenient and reliable.”

He stressed that the service uses a number of advanced security features which include the encryption of SMS transmissions for the transactions, password management systems and a database encryption mechanism, “all geared to provide a secure but hassle-free environment to transact.”

Me2U service, he said, has been designed to further enhance availability of airtime in fulfilment of Celtel’s brand promise of making life better for all Nigerians.

“Me2U truly fits into the African communal lifestyle of sharing with members of one’s nuclear and extended family, friends and the economically less well endowed individuals in society,” he said.

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