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INFOTECH: Instant Electricity Recharge Comes To Android Phones


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Cape Town's Powertime, the creator of innovative mobile technologies for pre-paid electricity users, has announced the latest in its series of smart power management and instant prepaid electricity purchase apps for mobile phone users.

First launched two years ago, the service allows subscribers to buy electricity online conveniently and safely via a Web or mobile phone browser, the experts in energy management introduced a feature-rich iPhone app early in 2010, then a Blackberry app late that year. Now, Android users can join the smarter power party, with a Nokia app also in the works.

Powertime allows customers to securely buy tokens to recharge their pre-paid electricity meters using their credit card accounts. This means no more running to the corner café at 11pm to buy a token, or trying to work out how to go online when the power is out. It is fast to set up (no faxing of documents and ID copies), meets international best practices in security and data privacy, and includes a set of powerful tools to allow South Africans to manage their power usage better.

These include PowerStream, where users can tell at a glance what they have spent in the past weeks or months, and see trends or anomalies. The Virtual Meter keeps track of electricity consumption over the past months, and gives the user a warning if they are getting low – no more power failures during dinner parties!

Many of the large electricity utilities are already enabled, including Eskom, City Power (Johannesburg), City of Cape Town, Tshwane (Pretoria), Ekurhuleni, George and others. More are being added all the time. Powertime also allows users to top up their mobile phone airtime using the smartphone apps and mobi site.

“Our smartphone apps have proved popular with users, who love not having to leave home late at inconvenient times when their pre-paid power is about to run out. Our users are also concerned about costs and the environmental impact of power consumption as repeated price-hikes hit, which makes our PowerStream functions so important to them. We already have many thousands of delighted customers, and have big plans to increase the number of devices we serve, as well as support more types of payments, such as EFT and debit cards,” comments Ereeza Ryland, Chief Marketing Officer at Powertime.

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