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MTN, Visafone, others top up for ‘generous’ Nigerian Diaspora

MTN, Visafone, others top up for ‘generous’ Nigerian Diaspora
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MTN Nigeria, the largest moble phone company and Visafone Communications Limited, the biggest CDMA mobile phone company have emerged favourite networks for mobile airtime by Nigerians abroad, an operator poll has shown.
The in-house survey by MobileRecharge.com, a mobile top up service company, also shows that Nigerians in the Diaspora are also among the most generous people in the world in repatriating airtime back home to their loved ones.
Generosity runs deep among Nigerian expatriates as they clinched the sixth place globally for top 10 most generous nations for airtime benefits to their loved ones back home.
Nigerian mobile phone companies MTN Migeria, Airtel, Glo, Etisalat and Visafone also emerged among the top most refilled airtime providers in the world.

[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”MobileRecharge”]“Generosity runs deep among Nigerian expatriates as they clinched the sixth place globally for top 10 most generous nations for airtime benefits to their loved ones back home.” [/blockquote]

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Cross section of attendees at a Mobile West Africa event
“If we are to start with these top 10 listed countries, the operators most refilled are: Telcel, Movistar, Unefon, Iusacell, Nextel, Ncell, Nepal Telecom, UTL, Tigo, Movistar, Claro, Digicel, Cubacel, MTN, Airtel, Glo, Etisalat, Visafon, Digicel, Lime, MTN, Vodafone, Airtel, Tigo, Glo, Expresso”, according to the survey report.
The findings also show that Hispanic and African expats are more generous than other ethnic groups when it comes to international top ups.
“More specifically, sending mobile credit to their native countries using MobileRecharge.com is more popular among Latinos and Africans these days”, the company says.
“MobileRecharge.com is not the only company interested in people’s generosity level. The 2013 World Giving Index states the world became a more generous place than the previous year. The average percentage of people donating money, volunteering time and helping strangers all grew, despite a fall in the rate of growth of the global economy. Fortunately, MobileRecharge.com reports show the same conclusion”, according to the report.
“The conclusions of the study conducted by MobileRecharge.com are, of course, contextual and were not meant to set standards of any kind. Instead they gave us details on which ethnic group was more generous in the last months and which are some consumption patterns specific to MobileRecharge.com fans. In other words, which larger group stands out for supporting friends and family back home and why”, the company says.
According to MobileRecharge.com, its international top ups are most popular with the following 10 ethnic groups:
#1 Dominicans
#2 Mexicans
#3 Nepali
#4 Salvadorans
#5 Cubans
#6 Nigerians
#7 Hondurans
#8 Guatemalans
#9 Jamaicans
#10 Ghanaians

 

Nigeria posted record 135% growth in smartphone shipments in 2014 as falling prices price threaten feature phones, according to a new report by IDC.

The company says these ethnic groups make regular refills ranging from $5 to $70.
The company says that users regard mobile top ups as an alternative to money transfers or other transfer of goods.
“They are instant and easy to send. More precisely, they are means to support family and friends in their motherland. Secondly, mobile refills are ideal as last minute gifts.”
According to the technology company, “the economical factor also plays a major role in the use of top ups from country to country. When immigration takes place, we witness the separation between “those who stay” and “those who leave.” Developing countries are the main sources of immigration due to the economical and social needs.”
“One thing is sure: generosity is a yes to life. And what the empiric study on MobileRecharge.com proves is that expats from these countries are the most emotionally and physically connected to their families due to the cultural and economical background. They are also very adaptable and open to new technology and ways to transfer goods online. MobileRecharge.com has been conceived from the start to meet such specific needs”, the company says.
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