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Western Union to Offer PrePay Top-Ups for Thuraya Satellite Users

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The satellite operator, Thuraya has signed a deal with Western Union, enabling the money transfer services provider to offer top up services for Thuraya prepaid SIM Cards.

The service is available at participating Western Union agent locations in the majority of the 200+ countries and territories in which the company provides services. This new method of payment enables Thuraya customers to recharge their pre-paid SIMS with no fee.

"Our agreement with Western Union marks the first time in the world that a satellite telecoms operator is providing such a service. The service is a great convenience for customers who may be located in remote areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa.," said Bilal El Hamoui, Vice President of Distribution at Thuraya.

To top-up a Thuraya prepaid SIM card, a customer can simply visit a participating Western Union agent location, provide identification and their Thuraya phone number and re-load their prepaid SIM card with a cash payment. In addition, family, friends and colleagues can add pre-paid credit on behalf of a Thuraya user traveling abroad.

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