Posted in | 20 March, 2010

KDDI America offers TransferTo international airtime top-up service

KDDI America, who provides a leading prepaid mobile service for migrants, has successfully launched in partnership with TransferTo a cross-border top-up service.

Migrant workers, travelers and foreigners who are using KDDI America prepaid mobile phone in the USA may now recharge the prepaid mobile phone of their relatives back home. To perform an international top-up, the sender simply needs to select by SMS the amount denomination and indicate a destination number. Transaction is processed in real-time through TransferTo secure platform; both sender and receiver are immediately notified by SMS.

“We are pleased to have KDDI America as a new client in the promising American market. Our innovative international airtime top-up service enables generations of immigrants in the USA to reload with their own mobile phone the prepaid phones of their family and friends in Mexico, China, India, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and many other countries” said Eric Barbier, TransferTo CEO.

TransferTo operates a global airtime transfer network interconnecting the mobile operators’ subscribers. Airtime transfer enables immigrants to send several small-value gifts generating significant local value for a large number of recipients. With mobile phones becoming tools of economic empowerment in developing countries, airtime recharge transfer is increasingly regarded as a key mobile feature by migrants and their family back home.

“With the international top-up service, KDDI America is now proposing an ideal solution to complement its expatriate subscribers’ regular money remittances, by enabling easy, real time and secure sending of small-value amounts to friends and family members back home” says Toshiro Akiyama of KDDI America.

Thanks to TransferTo, mobile operators, retailers, financial institutions, and money transfer companies can offer an innovative and differentiating service to their ethnic segments – an underserved market with a high telecom spending usage.

With more than 100 migration corridors fully covered over 5 continents, TransferTo is a leading global player in the international airtime transfer space.


About KDDI America


KDDI America is the U.S. division of KDDI Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, which is famous for its Japan’s second-largest mobile operation with more than 30 million subscribers and leading Global ICT services. KDDI America provides high-quality network and system integration solutions and is also known as a leading prepaid mobile service provider for migrants, with more than 300 thousands subscribers. For more information, please visit the following website: