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Mobile phone charging still viable, operators cash in at bus terminals

The charging of mobile phones at various bus terminals remains a viable business venture in Accra.

Some operators who spoke to TV3 news said demand is high at the markets and lorry parks despite reliable power supply currently enjoyed around the country.

Erratic power supply in Ghana between 2015 to sometime in 2017 crippled some businesses across the country.

Despite the crippling of some businesses, others cashed in on the crisis and found a loophole in charging phones and other gadgets for people and exploited it for profit.

These operators began charging mobile-phones for people who could not find power source to charge their phones, with customers paying a fee at the end of the charging process to get back their charged phones.

A visit by TV3 to Makola and the Tiptoe lane at Kwame Nkrumah Circle revealed that charging phones for commercial purposes is still a profitable activity with patrons, although the power crisis is no more.

With the use of electricity, operators do not only charge mobile phones, power banks are also charged at a flat-fee of 1 Ghana cedi irrespective of duration.

Some also provide digital services like the transfer of songs, videos and documents for 20 pesewas per a service.

In the face of competition with operators spread across the market, one is able to charge about 300 mobile phones on a good day and 80 on a slow business day.

The phone charging business is gradually becoming an employment avenue for many who have nothing to do.

The Nkrumah Circle station alone has over 12 phone-charging operators: perhaps a business worth venturing into.

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By Nana Akua Mensah –Aborampah|3news.com|Ghana

 

 

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