Starting in December, over 20,000 homeowners in Bucharest can pay their utility bills directly from their smartphones, through the mobilPay Wallet, a digital wallet developed by Netopia mobilPay, the leader of digital payments in Romania.
According to Netopia representatives, Bucharesters can use the new utility bills payment method as a result of a partnership struck with scomet.ro, the biggest provider of apartment building management services in Bucharest.
Thus, the lodgers of all 21,400 apartments managed by 316 homeowners’ associations in Bucharest that collaborate with Scomet can pay all of their monthly utility bills quickly and easily, directly from their smartphones.
“The vanguard of mobile payments expands to the level of simple gestures that make our life easy. What can be more comfortable than replacing the monthly visit to the building manager with a simple command on your mobile phone. We welcomed the openness toward innovation shown by our Scomet partners, and we promise all Romanians, not just Bucharesters, new facilities that would make their day-to-day life easier,” Antonio Eram, NETOPIA mobilPay CEO and Founder, stated.
In order to have access to the digital wallet developed by NETOPIA, the lodgers that are part of Scomet’s portfolio have to access get.mobilpay.com on their mobile phones, download the application compatible with Android and iOS operating systems, register and confirm their credit card information.
Online payments made through smartphones through the digital mobilPay Wallet have registered significant growth this year, the number of processed transactions growing by over 300 per cent, while their value has grown by over 20 per cent.
MobilPay Wallet payments have been spurred by the introduction of the option to buy public transport tickets in Alba Iulia, Turda and Cluj-Napoca and to use digital wallets in two Cora hypermarkets and the Chopstix restaurant chain in Bucharest. Starting in 2015, digital wallet users can also pay the bridge fare in Fetesti and traffic tickets.