Hong Kong-based Sam Sien Trading has launched a global online recharge service called 12charge.com.
The service allows users from more than 110 countries to top up their mobile phones, buy airtime from 450 providers, pay their utility bills, and recharge a variety of services including IP telephony (VoIP) and travel SIM cards.
Users can do so via cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoins or other payment methods including PayPal, debit/credit cards and online bank transfers. The preferred method, however, is cryptocurrencies due to its low processing fees. "Our rates are the best when you are paying using cryptocurrencies," said Sergey Karpovich, project manager of 12charge.
According to 12charge, the recharge process only takes a few minutes and does not require registration. Registered users, however, will have access to features such as payment reminders, favourite/repeated payments.
"12charge is not just a typical recharge website; we aim to charge everything that can be recharged with Bitcoin and other payment options," said Anton Vereshchagin, founder and CEO of Sam Sien Trading.
With that goal in mind, 12charge is looking to increase the number of supported providers and payment options in future. "We want to provide our clients the possibility of paying via any online payment system with a reasonable fee in the long run," said Karpovich.
"Currently, it's a real challenge as there are countries and services that we can't support yet, but we have already managed to provide services with no fees in countries such as USA and Russia. Thus, we are working very hard to create our dream top up service."
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