Over the years, the telecom services industry has undergone lots of evolution that has transformed how services are rendered. But one thing that has remained constant is the presence of airtime recharge cards. Airtime recharge cards or scratch cards have been with us ever since mobile telephony became a thing.
Credit transfer services have come and faded into the background — but the vouchers prominently remain. Why is that? And in an era where you can basically buy airtime for yourself and others — using your mobile wallet, do these recharge cards still have any importance?

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Airtime recharge cards: A relic of the past

For a country that wants to get on top of its sanitation problem, redundant and definitely non-essential products like one-use credit vouchers and airtime recharge cards present a visible problem that needs to be addressed. If electronically paying for airtime and data is possible (which it is, clearly) then, there’s absolutely no need to kill trees for printing recharge codes on.
The used vouchers are often just discarded anywhere from bushes to anywhere on the streets and footpaths; and these end up being washed into gutter by rain water and we all know the result of such. Floods. Aside the employment opportunities cards offer vendors, there’s not much else to benefit from them.

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Maybe the telcos are already looking into that possibility for the immediate future. That would be great news. And if they are yet to consider that option, now may be the moment to attach some seriousness to the issue.

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