FreeCharge has partnered with Indus OS for integrating its payment app into the latter’s mobile OS, reports the Economic Times. Other than the app, FreeCharge’s recharge services will also be integrated into the Indus OS phone dialer.
Interestingly, this partnership comes at a time when The Watal Committee on digital payments constituted by the Indian government’s Ministry of Finance, has recommended that telecom operators be allowed Direct Carrier Billing for low value transactions in a “sandbox environment”, to make mobile payments easier.
The new feature will alert users about call charges and balance at the end of calls, and provide a button to recharge their phones directly through FreeCharge. According to the companies, the goal is to integrate digital payment solutions with the OS itself. FreeCharge mentions that it will also extend to location based payments, for example, alerting the customer of an offer when near a partner food outlet. The features will go live this month. Note that FreeCharge got its wallet license from the RBI just last month.
FreeCharge mentions that it will also partner with Indus OS for offering regional language solutions. While FreeCharge is available in just English and Hindi, Indus OS sports 12 regional language. Competitors Paytm and MobiKwik had also recently launched regional language support.
As of now, Indus OS claims to have 6 million users. The company has partnered with various mobile makers, notably with Intex, Karbonn, Micromax, Celkon and Swipe in India and Elite in Bangladesh to run on some of their models. The first official Indus OS powered device was launched in May 2015.