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USP staff develops Snap TopUp app

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Professor Som Naidu, Pro Vice-Chancellor Flexible Learning and Director CFL with Sanjeet Chand.

A staff member of The University of the South Pacific (USP) has developed an Application (App) called the Snap TopUp, which has the potential to support mobile devices.

Mr Sanjeet Chand of USP’s Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) initiated the notion after he mistyped his pin when trying to top up his phone and later discarded the card.

The incident prompted the idea of making a better and safer way to top up or recharge mobile phones with credit using the phone’s camera by scanning the card.

Professor Som Naidu, Pro Vice-Chancellor Flexible Learning and Director CFL said mobile technologies have become an essential part of our work, education and daily lives hence the need to keep them functional at all times without too much hassle and the Snap TopUp will help you do that.

“Snap TopUp is an Android App that has been developed by a CFL staff member, Sanjeet Chand, which simplifies the recharging of pre-paid mobile phones with credit,” he explained.

“It uses the device’s camera to scan the top up or recharge card which then tops up the balance using the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) request. The app eliminates the hassle of typing in the correct 12-digit pin into the phone,” he added. 

Mr Chand is a USP alumni with a background in Computing and Information Systems.

The app is available from the Google Play Store


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