BSNL takes on 4G VoLTE with VoWifi + free calls

If you enjoy the higher call quality of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls compared to regular cellular calls, you are definitely going to enjoy using BSNL’s new Wifi calling app. The app, not yet available on Google Play, redirects your call via your Wifi network to your BSNL broadband connection. Because the call is then handled by the company’s landline network, the quality of audio remains superior to the 2G or 3G calls. Besides, given that BSNL is offering free and unlimited voice calling with many of their broadband plans,…

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PayTM adds support for UPI payments

Customers of PayTM, India’s largest wallet service can now make payments using the Unified Payments Interface, the government of India’s open payments platform. The company has signed up with ICICI Bank be able to receive payments from its customers who are on the UPI platform using its ID ‘paytm@icici’. However, customers cannot simply transfer the money to the above ID and expect to see it in their wallet, as it has not mapped all its wallet IDs with their UPI addresses. In other words, if a customer ‘rajesh@sbi’ sends Rs 100 to ‘paytm@icici’, the…

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After Freecharge, Axis Bank wins virtual POS provider Paynear for its UPI platform

Paynear, which helps shopkeepers and businesses to accept card payments without buying a point-of-sale (POS) machine, has tied up with Axis Bank to implement support for UPI or Unified Payment Interface. UPI allows users to send and receive money and make payments using IDs that resemble email addresses (for example, rajesh@icici). Paynear is an Indian startup that is most notable for allowing shops and businesses to accept card payments using its mobile app and no POS machine. The company also has a miniature POS machine for those who are interested…

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BSNL offers email IDs in Hindi and other Indian languages

BSNL has introduced a free e-mail service for its broadband users based on its डाटावन.भारत domain name. As a result, it is possible for a customer to now have an complete email address in Hindi. “It’s now possible in every part of India to have an email address in their own language and communicate in preferred language”, said Anupam Shrivastav, Managing Director, BSNL. “The linguistic email service offered by BSNL will have डाटावन.भारत (DataOne.Bharat) domain and email address will be offered in eight regional languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Punjabi,…

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PayTM hit by Rs 6.15 lakh fraud

PayTM, India’s largest wallet company, has been cheated to the extent over Rs 6.15 lakh by 48 customers claiming illegal refunds for goods they already received. A case has been registered with the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is currently looking into the matter. Besides PayTM, others such as Freecharge and MobiKwik are also present in the fast growing wallet ecosystem in India. The fraud does not involve any leakage of money from the wallet service, but is centered around claiming illegal refunds for goods that were ordered, and received…

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BEST bus users can now pay using Freecharge and Ridlr

Freecharge, owned by Snapdeal, said users of BEST public transport buses in Mumbai can pay for their tickets using its wallet service. This has been achieved by tying up with Ridlr, the official mobile ticketing app partner of BEST. “BEST commuters can now pay for their bus tickets and monthly passes digitally, saving them the hassle of finding change every day and waiting in queues at bus depots for renewal of passes,” the mobile payments company said. BEST is the government-owned utility transport company of Mumbai and runs thousands of…

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Pokemon Go launched in India in association with Reliance Jio

Pokemon Go, the virtual reality game where players have to ‘catch’ and ‘train’ creatures called Pokemons, has officially been launched in India, months after it first became available in markets such as the US. The India launch has been done in association with Reliance Jio, the 4g mobile operator from the Mukesh Ambani group. “With this partnership, thousands of Reliance Digital Stores and select partner premises in India will appear as ‘PokéStops’ or ‘Gyms’ in the Pokémon GO game beginning Wednesday, December 14, 2016,” said Jio in a statement. Under…

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Freecharge ties up with ICICI Bank to offer POS services

Snapdeal-owned FreeCharge has tied up with ICICI Bank’s Merchant Services, which will allow consumers to pay their bill at over 1 Lakh ICICI stores with their Freecharge accounts. These merchants are located at across 700 cities and towns in India, the company said. “FreeCharge’s partnership with ICICI Merchant Services, powered by First Data, will ease the payment process for merchants and consumers by introducing a swifter and secure way to make cashless payments.” It was not specified as to how the tie-up will ease payment, but Freecharge said it involved…

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NO DOWNLOADS: WhatsApp introduces ‘Direct Play’ for videos

The upcoming version of WhatsApp messenger, which is currently in testing phase, has removed the ‘download’ button next to videos and has instead replaced it with a ‘play’ button. With this, users can directly play a video even without having to download the file first. SAVE BANDWIDTH The main purpose of the feature is to help users to save their data allowance. Allowing users to play the video directly from the other person’s phone helps them to stop watching the video halfway through, thereby saving bandwidth. For example, if it’s…

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Airtel starts Payments Bank; offers 7.25% interest on savings ac

Airtel Payments Bank, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Limited, today said that it has rolled out a pilot of its banking services in Rajasthan. The pilot is aimed at testing systems and processes ahead of a full scale pan Indian launch. With this, Airtel Bank has become the first payments bank in the country to go live. Payments banks are similar to regular banks, except that they are to be used for making transactions only and not for giving loans etc.. The customer’s Airtel mobile number will be his or…

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Sorry, Reliance Jio is NOT launching DTH

In what is becoming something of a routine, yet another rumor has been spread that Reliance Jio is about to start a DTH service and you will be able to get all the channels at half the price that you currently pay. According to this, 350 TV channels will be offered at Rs 185 per month, which is half of the price that you have to pay for Airtel Digital, Tata Sky and so on. What’s more, there will be catch up and rewind feature as well. Is this true?…

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SBI starts accepting UPI payments

State Bank of India, India’s largest bank, has started accepting UPI payments from customers of other banks. However, outgoing payments are yet to be enabled from an SBI account to other accounts. UPI refers to a new way of making instant payments. Instead of entering details such as bank account number and IFSC code, Unified Payments Interface requires only a small identifier similar to an email address. For example, a person can have an ID like ‘sanjay@sbi’. With this ID, he can send and receive money from any other person and…

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Ahead of merger, RCom releases low-cost ISD app in India

Reliance Communications, which will merge its wireless operations with Aircel in the coming months, has released its international calling app Reliance Global Call in India. Somewhat similar to the Jio4G Voice app, the app helps you make international calls using RCom’s network using your data connection. Call rates are as low as Rs 1.4 per minute to the US market. It will compete with services such as Skype and Google Hangouts, some of which offer free calling to international phone numbers. The Reliance Global Call service is available to all…

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Razorpay introduces e-cash on delivery using UPI

Razorpay, a payment processing company, announced eCOD, a new service that lets customers pay for deliveries after the delivery is actually made. Unlike other recent offerings like Wallet on Delivery etc, Razorpay has built in support for UPI — which means that you can pay directly from your bank account without using any wallet. UPI, unlike other wallet system, deducts your money directly from your bank account. The product also supports wallets like OlaMoney, Mobikwik, PayUmoney and Freecharge. About 70% of all online transactions are estimated to take place using…

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CASH CRUNCH: Freecharge signs up new merchant every 30 seconds

Snapdeal-owned Freecharge said it is now signing up a new merchant every 30 seconds, possibly a result of the cash-related problems faced by consumers and businesses alike. The company had recently removed sign up charges for merchants and waived fund transfer charges as well. It also offered quick sign-ups as well. “This unbeatable offer led to a sharp increase in the number of merchants signing up to start receiving payments through FreeCharge,” said Govind Rajan, CEO FreeCharge. ““After rolling out the Zero Cost offer, we have received thousands of queries…

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Mobikwik, Freecharge start wallet on delivery services

As the e-commercial sector is facing issues with the money demonetization, the E- payment platform MobiKwik and Freecharge have forward with methods that can be helpful for the e- tailers. Mobikwik said it will offer ‘MobiKwik on delivery’ option for e-tailers to replace ‘Cash on Delivery’ and overcome the challenges being faced by the phasing out of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes. “MobiKwik on delivery, will address the challenges being faced by e-tailers in operating the cash on delivery service. Users can pay with MobiKwik, after receiving the delivery…

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Oxigen sees four-fold jump in prepaid Visa card usage

Oxigen, one of India’s oldest wallet payment system, said the load value on Oxigen Wallet prepaid visa cards have increased by 4 times in the last two days. It said people seem to be switching to prepaid cards to make payments in the wake of demonetization of high-denomination currency notes. “The daily average number of users have also increased by 167% which is clearly showing a trend that people are adopting new ways to make cashless transactions,” said Sunil Kulkarni, Deputy Managing Director, Oxigen Services India. Mobile Wallet app Oxigen…

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Amazon India to launch Prime video streaming service

Amazon, one of India’s top two online retailers, sent out a teaser today with a promise that Amazon Prime Video is coming soon to India. Prime video is a service like Netflix that streams TV shows, films and other content. The service was launched in the United States ten years ago. At present, Amazon Video is currently only available to residents of the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and Austria. It is possible that Amazon could also launch its Fire TV set-top-box in India as well. The video streaming…

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Axis Bank adds augmented reality to mobile app

Axis Bank said it added an augmented reality-based feature on its Mobile App that will enable home seekers to search and locate properties which are pre-approved by the bank for financing. Jagdeep Mallareddy, Head Retail Lending, Axis Bank, said, “The new augmented reality feature will help users to easily identify any property that is available in their preferred locality and apply for the home loan.” Augmented reality refers to the overlay of extra information on ‘real’ pictures and videos, such as that from a live camera feed. The feature, powered…

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No cash? Now pay for your gas cylinder via Freecharge

Wallet provider Freecharge, one of the first to support the new UPI platform, has now tied up with Indian Oil to let customers make payments for gas deliveries via a PIN number. Once the pin number is provided to the gas delivery boy, the amount will be deducted from your Freecharge account. The pilot project for this is already live with multiple distributors in Bangalore, Chandigarh, Raipur and Kolkata. “By the end of March 2017, the project is expected to cover the entire IOCL network comprising nearly 8000 dealerships across…

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