Adding to my earlier post about card based technologies, m-banking services are far cheaper than brick and mortar banks, but these can be costly compared to a poor person's income. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) has a head-to-head comparison of how the prices of the top branchless banking service -- GCash, Smart Padala, M-Pesa, Wizzit and MTN -- stack up against the top four banks in South Africa. The Filipino m-banking services and M-Pesa come out on top in terms of cost and affordability for the poor, while the South Africans providers are relatively more expensive.
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