WorldRemit, a London-based online money transfer service, has rolled out instant remittances to mobiles in the Pacific region countries of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

The remittance service will allow customers in 50 countries to now remit money to Digicel Mobile Money wallets.

The company already offers mobile-to-mobile remittance service in countries across Africa, Asia and Oceania, allowing people to transfer funds directlu to mobile money wallets.

With this service, Fijian, Tongan and Samoan diasporas can make instant, low-cost money transfers direct to the mobiles of their friends and family back home.

The Digicel Mobile Money wallet, which is supported by the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme, will support hundreds of thousands of people living in rural areas.

Funds transferred to Digicel Mobile Money wallets can be used to pay bills such as electricity or insurance, top-up airtime, make purchases in stores or online, or simply to store for future use, the company said in a statement.

WorldRemit senior mobile analyst Alix Murphy said: "We’re pioneering mobile-to-mobile remittances for Pacific Islanders. Fijian, Tongan and Samoan expats can now send money direct from the WorldRemit app straight to the phones of their family or friends back home."