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Cell phone payments

2013-01-22 08:56:28.676198-08 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

In a recent email exchange, Meuon mentioned that in many third world countries the cell phone is the preferred payment mechanism because cell phone providers are more trustworthy than banks.

The U.S. Military switched to paying the Afghan National Police with cell phone transfers rather than through the Afghanistan government hierarchy resulted in employees thinking they'd gotten a 30% raise because they were suddenly getting all the money they were due, rather than with a large portion being chiseled off by corruption and graft.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-22 11:14:29.00662-08 by: markd

Or else Apple is running Afghanistan's payroll.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-22 12:47:19.541277-08 by: petronius

So how long before the warlords figure out that they don't need to take over the paymaster's office and instead install their nephews at Afghan Telephone and Baksheesh?

#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-22 15:15:55.665153-08 by: meuon

For several of those places, the servers are all in the US, as are the key people.