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Digest: RailYatri, State Bank of India and ReGlobe

RailYatri launches trip sharing features on its app


RailYatri.in has launched a new trip sharing feature on its app. The feature will allow train travellers to share their location live with friends, while on the train. Additionally, users can now access the progress of trains in real-time as well as use the app to find the train status. The app also calculates the expected arrival time, distance left or delays to the destination.

Earlier in March, RailYatri had come out with a new feature that would provide users with fog alerts on the app. The same month, the company introduced RailYatri Insights, that allows travellers to find the sate of the mobile network coverage on the route they are travelling, delay patterns of a train at the station they’re boarding from, top 5 stations most passengers are likely to off-board on a train, most frequently visited cities from a particular station and city railway network coverage. The platform had previously relaunched its Rail Radar application 2013.

State Bank partners with PayPal to enable international purchases

State Bank of India has partnered with PayPal to let customers use their debit cards to buy goods from e-commerce website outside India. MSME customers of SBI using PayPal will also be able to avail to similar financial solutions. The bank had entered into a similar partnership with Amazon last month.

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Earlier this month, the bank had launched NFC based debit and credit cards. The cards will be issued by SBI’s subsidiary SBI Cards. The bank also mentioned then that it had deployed 5,000 point-of-sale (POS) machines which were capable of accepting contactless cards. According to the Reserve Bank of India’s data, SBI has 181,310 POS terminals in the country at the end of December 2014.

Amazon and ReGlobe enter partnership to buyback old smartphones


ReGlobe, which lets users resell old or used electronics gadgets, has partnered with Amazon to buy back laptops, mobiles and tablets, reports ET Tech. ReGlobe had previously partnered with Snapdeal in 2013, and with eBay and Infibeam late last year to offer similar services over those platforms.

The tie up with Amazon is applicable only when users buy a phone on Amazon. Users can request a ‘mobile buyback’ on the purchased mobile product page, post which they have to agree with the T&C and get redirected to the ReGlobe site. Here users can check serviceability, price and buyback availability on the old smartphone and enter the order ID of the new smartphone. Post this, the ReGlobe will call to fix a pick up time, and will hand the user cash on recovery.

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