PayMaya now lets you pay for bills, send money and buy load on Facebook Messenger

[Editor's note: This post is in partnership with PayMaya]

MANILA, Philippines – With 1.2 billion users around the world, Facebook’s Messenger app is the most popular way to stay in touch with people.

It's also become very useful for other tasks: ‘bots’ ran by various pages now allow us to shop, get news, or get schedules with a simple text request.

Now you can also pay your bills, buy discounted mobile load, and send money through the Messenger app – powered by PayMaya. You don’t even need a bank account or an existing mobile money account to make a transaction.

Using PayMaya in Facebook Messenger is simple. Search for @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook Messenger to start a transaction. The chatbot will guide you on the available menu options for money transfer, load purchase or bill payments. This service is initially available for Android users for now — availability for iOS will take place soon.

Transacting in Messenger is safe and secure. Users will always be asked to input their password before they make and confirm a transaction. At the same time, users will always receive real-time SMS notifications and can view their in-app transaction history for every transaction, purchase and update in their account.

New PayMaya users can create their account using Messenger regardless of their network or mobile number while those who already have the PayMaya app installed on their Android phones can link their PayMaya wallet to Facebook Messenger.

Once on Messenger, they can inquire about their PayMaya wallet balance, pay bills and send money to other users, whether they are already on PayMaya or not. People can also buy mobile load on their phone with a substantial discount anytime, anywhere, directly in Facebook Messenger.

Safe and easy online payment. (L-R).

Ginger Baker, Product Manager at Facebook; and Paolo Azzola, COO of PayMaya Philippines

Aside from accessing PayMaya in Messenger, PayMaya also comes with a physical card that can be linked to the mobile wallet. This physical card can be ordered through www.paymaya.com/shop free of delivery charges and can be used at any Bancnet ATM nationwide, and anywhere VISA and Mastercard are accepted. PayMaya users can link up to three physical cards to their account including the Smart Mastercard variant.

PayMaya holds the largest network of reloading touchpoints with over 15,000 top up stations nationwide, which include SM Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores, 7-Eleven with Cliqq Kiosks, Petron stations along NLEX and Ministop outlets with Touchpay Kiosks, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go outlets, Smart Padala centers, Palawan Pawnshop branches, UnionBank ATMs, Gaisano Malls, and online banking via BDO and UnionBank.  – Rappler.com