User Guide

Introduction to Mobile Money Receipts

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2018 11:40AM PDT
In many countries, mobile money systems like M-Pesa enable consumers and businesses to maintain a wallet on their mobile phone, and send and receive payments.

To send money, you simply use your phone’s keypad to enter the business’ phone number or ID, the amount of money to send, and your PIN. When a transaction is completed, the mobile network sends a SMS receipt to both the sender (buyer) and recipient (seller). If you’re the seller, you can see the SMS receipt and know that you’ve been paid.

However, businesses often have difficulty managing all the SMS receipts from mobile money systems, which are often siloed on their mobile phone.

By using the Telerivet Android app on a phone with a mobile money account, your SMS receipts will automatically be forwarded to Telerivet, and you can easily view and search them from the Messages page in your browser, like any other SMS message:

In addition, you can configure Telerivet's Cloud Script API to automatically parse SMS receipts from mobile money providers, and extract relevant information such as the transaction amount and type, and the other person's name and phone number.

If you are receiving mobile money receipts from Safaricom M-Pesa (Kenya) or Vodacom M-Pesa (Tanzania), the easiest way is to add Telerivet's example Cloud Script API service, which will store receipt information in a data table called "Mobile Money Receipts".

The Mobile Money Receipts table makes it easy to filter receipts by name, phone number, transaction type, date, and amount, and export receipts to a spreadsheet (CSV).

If you use another mobile money system besides M-Pesa, feel free to adapt the Cloud Script API code to parse receipts sent by that mobile money system.

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