In another market first from Nawras, customers can now conveniently recharge their account by using a new app on their mobile phone to scan the barcode on a recharge card. Using any Android smartphone, customers can recharge or pay their bill easily without needing to manually enter the 14 digit recharge code.
“The new recharge cards featurea barcode that can be scanned by the customer using their mobile handset and our new Nawras recharge app. We are the first communications provider in Oman to use this method which has been developed especially for us by an Omani company. We are delighted to be using innovative ideas to provide morecreative and convenient solutions for our customers,”commented Ammar Al-Lawati, Nawras Senior Product Manager – Finance.
Developer of the new application, Mohammed Tabook, from Al-Mashreq Engineering Services Co. LLC,said, “We have created this app to make recharging with Nawras easier and faster. Incorporating the barcode into the range of recharge options from Nawras allows customers to enjoy immediate access to their Nawras account in a way that fits in with their smartphone usage. Here we use the technology to provide a vital service in a convenient way as Nawras embraces the latest technology to provide customers with even more accessible payment options.”
Each recharge card features two barcodes, customers can scan the code located on the front of each card to automatically download the app to their Android device and use the code on the back of the card to recharge or make a bill payment. The app also allows customers to check their balance as well as transfer the scanned number to someone else in their phone book. An initial trial period for Android devices is expected to lead to versions for iPhone, BlackBerry and other platforms being developed later, based on customer feedback.
Nawras prepaid customers can also access the online portal My Nawras through their Facebook account to buy credit. Other recharge methods include Nawras self-service machines, recharge cards, electronic vouchers, credit transfer and OIFC self-service machines.