ZunguZ lets you buy US iTunes vouchers in SA PDF Print E-mail

Apple users in South Africa can now give or receive sought-after US iTunes vouchers that can be spent on apps and media for their iPads, iPhones, iPods and Macs.

This service is now being made available to consumers in South Africa courtesy of ZunguZ. This payment platform, which is integrated into Facebook, allows users on the social networking site to quickly, easily and safely conduct electronic transactions with their friends on the site. ZunguZ lets users make payments to their Facebook friends and electronically withdraw funds directly from Facebook.

“Facebook hasn’t replaced email, but is often a preferred method of contact between people, due to the intelligence and established link between contacts,” says Robert Sussman, co-CEO of ZunguZ.

When users register at ZunguZ, they have to enter their cellphone numbers. A numeric code is then sent via SMS to the number to be used as a one-time PIN that you enter into the ZunguZ Facebook app. We tried it and it was just as quick and easy as promised.

The ZunguZ app on Facebook contains handy tabs at the top from where users will be able to “Pay Friends”, “Withdraw/Deposit Money”, access “Services” (this is where you can buy iTunes vouchers) and view your past and ongoing “Transactions”.

South African consumers can load their ZunguZ account and make payments using their Visa and Master Card credit cards – a definite convenience, since the US iTunes store does not accept local credit cards – will also be able to withdraw money from ZunguZ to place in their cheque or savings accounts at any local bank.

“We have limited the withdrawal to any local South African bank for our first release, so we can control the growth and scale accordingly,” Sussman explains.

If you choose to use ZunguZ to buy iTunes vouchers, note that ZunguZ, like most other iTunes vouchers resellers, also charges a mark up fee. This means that a $15 USA Store Gift card will cost you $19, a $25 voucher will cost you $30, $50 will set you back $62 and $100 will cost you $122.

To sign up to ZunguZ on Facebook, go here.

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