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'The functionality and flexibility of the Upaid platform means that the service can expand in line with Visa CEMEA's strategic roadmap to enable a range of customer friendly solutions for remote payments.' - Hilary Mitchell, Visa, January 2004

Upaid Launches Online Top-Up Service to Brazilians

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  "RechargeBrazil is the latest ground-breaking service from Upaid and a real step forward for expatriate Brazilians living in the US," said Simon Joyce, Upaid CEO. "It further broadens Upaid's portfolio of over a thousand patents covering markets from Asia to the Americas."

Upaid customers can already pay bills, make credit card payments, and top-up phone credit via a mobile handset. represents a first move into online services for Upaid, the international mobile payments specialist operating since 1997 and headquartered in the UK.

"Upaid investors can be proud of the new service, and confident it will bring still more value to the company," said Joyce. Investors include billionaire investment banker Kenneth Langone and the Zeist Foundation: a charitable trust for underprivileged children and adolescents.

Working with PayPal, the global leader in safer online payments, has been launched with a consortium of Brazilian mobile operators including Vivo, Claro, TIM, Telefonica, and Embratel. It is also available for Brazilian Portuguese speakers as

PayPal customers can easily send phone credit to family and friends in Brazil by entering the mobile operator, location and telephone number of the person they wish to send phone credit to.

Alberto Rodrigues, Regional Operations Manager of Upaid Brazil commented, " is an innovative service that showcases the payment technology offerings of Upaid, creating a unique service and enabling users to top-up mobile phones in Brazil quickly, safely and securely."


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