Sending Remittances By Mobile Phone

From the month of September recipients of remittances in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador will be able to receive them on their mobile phones.

Friday, August 24, 2012

By using a its cellular network platform, the Guatemalan company Tigo Money, a subsidiary of Tigo, will offer international services for money receipts.

Since early 2011, Tigo Money has been in the remittance business nationally in Guatemala.

"With international remittances Tigo Money users will be able to receive their shipment at any time, anywhere, directly onto their cell phone, from there they can check their balance in real time, make payments or purchases or withdraw cash at any of the service points.

'It works like a debit card, in which only the user knows the PIN", said Ximena Rodriguez, head of Tigo’s marketing department of in Guatemala, to

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Tigo Money can receive or send money transfers through its mobile phone platform.

Wiring cost is $ 0.04 for every $ 0.63 sent with a maximum of $ 126.

Juan Carlos Arriaga, director of TIGO Money, stated that they will begin with the service nationwide.

"To send money, the user finds an authorized Tigo agent, where he must fill out a form with personal information and the recipient's mobile number, give the money plus the wiring fee and wait for confirmation that the official transfer was performed. The beneficiary must go to a local TIGO agent and show the message in order to solicit money," reports the article in

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