Tanzanian punters – rookie or professional – face the same challenge if it comes to placing bets online:
Which secure online payment services are available in Tanzania?
Here is a list of the best providers to send and receive money online safely, load money to your betting account and withdraw your winnings in cash.
Payoneer prepaid MasterCard
– Payoneer‘s prepaid MasterCard might not be the cheapest online payment option for Tanzanian residents, but it has some great advantages, in deed:
– it equals to a US bank account
– you can get paid from abroad (even from the US) in US-dollars.
– you can withdraw money at every ATM in the world
– great customer support
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– Ukash is the leading online cash payment provider. Too bad that it’s only available in a few African countries so far: Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia.
– It’s perfect if you don’t have a credit or debit card or don’t want to enter personal information to pay online.
– It enables you to use cash to shop, pay and play online safely and securely.
– You simply exchange your cash for a unique 19-digit code, which you can then use online.
– Ukash is safe and can be used immediately for secure payment.
– Wherever you are, it’s easy to get a Ukash code, check out the outlet locator on their website.
– Ukash is an accepted payment method at thousands of online stores enabling you to spend online quickly, safely and securely. Once you have registered or signed in, you can look after your Ukash account and manage your spending online.
– You don’t have to be registered with Ukash to use Ukash, however registration is quick and easy and in return you’ll get online account management, Ukash prepaid cards, Tools (Split, Combine, Convert), exclusive promotions and information.
(An update: Ukash was acquired by Skrill in April 2015, and as a result, Ukash will be switched “off” as of September 1st, 2015)
Mobile money transfer services
Vodacom M-Pesa offers top service, a great wakala (=money agent) network all across the country.
– The service stays true to the slogan “you can deposit and withdraw from anywhere, everywhere”.
– It’s not the cheapest mobile payment method in Tanzania though.
Prepaid payment cards
B-Pesa Prepaid Card
Notice: as of 27 Sept 2016, the bpesa.com website has been offline for several days. We do not recommend offline websites to our users, hence we removed the direct link from our site to bpesa.com – you can still read the product information about what bpesa can do for you when it happens to be online, below:
– B-Pesa (Tanzania’s first prepaid card!) offers you a prepaid card which you can use online and offline:
– it allows you to transact at any B-PESA member bank or any B-PESA merchant
– it allows you to have the flexibility of card to card transfers, dispense cash, deposit cash, and pay bills.
– it does not provide a credit line (=no danger of overdraft, as you can only spend the available balance)
– it is not linked to a bank account.
– it’s secure (as the card has both a chip and magnetic strip)
– it’s safe as you carry no cash
– growing network of B-PESA member banks and B-PESA merchants.
– hassle-free sign up
Prepaid credit cards
Skrill Prepaid MasterCard®
– you can use it worldwide, online and offline
– it’s accepted at 35 million outlets and 1.9 million ATMs
– simple application process, no commitment and no credit check
– spend only what you load, top up instantly 24/7
– cheap digital wallet fees
PayPal – Not Recommended!
Some of the reasons why PayPal is definitely NOT RECOMMENDED:
– PayPal is VERY bureaucratic, and zero user-friendly.
– PayPal has useless customer support. They just send you standard copy-and-paste replies, but never really solve your problem.
– PayPal does not work reliably in Tanzania, due to some non-transparent, idiotic fraud policies. In PayPal’s view, Africa must be the “continent of online fraud”, so they rather block you completely if you are coming from an African IP address because that’s the “safest” for them.
– PayPal’s fees for sending and receiving money are among the highest in the industry.
Suggestion: Keep away from PayPal, unless you really can’t use any other online payment method!
Payza – Not Recommended!
Payza Sucks! We are committed to recommend you the best payment services, in order to save you trouble, headache and loss of money. Well, regarding Payza, we would like to warn you: Payza sucks! Testing Payza, we experienced nothing but problems with them, in every single interaction. Their website might be nicely designed in the front end, but it’s full of bugs in the backend. Payza is zero user-friendly. Even closing your account will cost you too much time, as they don’t just let you close it, but put a lot of obstacles in your way, so that you rather give up closing your account than waste more time with them. Not talking about fundamental functional problems like setting and resetting your password, setting your country, etc. NOT RECOMMENDED!
(An update: if you want more opinions than just ours, just search for “payza sucks” on Google, ignore “PayzaSucks.com” which is run by Payza itself, and check out the angry comments left by frustrated users on different forums and community sites, all of them complaining about slow money transfer times, failed transactions, unreasonably high fees and overall bad service.)
There are a couple of other online payment services accepted by betting sites and casinos which we did not include in our selection, because we found that they are simply too expensive. Their payment processing fees are too high. ecocard (aka ecopayz), entropay, paysafecard (no transparent fee structure available online).
Disclaimer: According to PaySafePartners “as a consequence of changes in regulations” we were “no longer allowed to promote” the payment methods below. So the content below is solely for your information.
– NETELLER welcomes users from all around the world (including Tanzania)
– You can keep your account in one of 15 different currencies, such as AUD, BGN, CAD, DKK, EUR, GBP, HUF, INR, JPY, MXN, NOK, PLN, RON, SEK and USD. For Tanzanian users, we recommend USD, EUR or GBP.
– You can load money into your account from a bank account, credit/debit card or via several other methods.
– You can use your NETELLER account balance to pay online merchants, send money to other NETELLER customers or spend at any retailer that accepts MasterCard using the NETELLER prepaid MasterCard, which comes with your account.
– You can receive money into your NETELLER account directly from merchants, such as sports betting winnings.
– You can withdraw funds from your NETELLER account by bank transfer, cheque, or using NETELLER’s prepaid MasterCard at point-of-sale and any ATM of the world that accepts MasterCard.
– Skrill (formerly: MoneyBookers) is the most practical online payment method.
– It works wonderfully in Tanzania.
– It’s quick and has some of the lowest money transfer fees among all other payment methods.
– great rates and low fees
– send and receive money abroad instantly, securely and globally to anyone with an e-mail address
– available in 200 countries and 40 currencies
– easy to use with fast set up and instant transfers
– you get paid globally, from any country on the planet.
– your card and bank details are never revealed
– accepted at over 156,000 online businesses globally
– exclusive savings for Skrill customers
– shop online or offline with the Skrill Prepaid MasterCard®