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Mobile operator France-Telecom-Orange and French bank BNP Paribas have launched the Orange Money mobile-payment and funds-transfer service in the Ivory Coast. Users must open an Orange Money account to use the service. The account is free and does not require a minimum deposit, according to an Orange press release. Orange customers can deposit and withdraw up to XOF100,000 (US$192.85 or 152.44 euros) from the Orange Money account, make person-to-person funds transfers, top up mobile minutes and pay bills. Orange plans to launch the service in other countries over the next several months, according to a statement.

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