Online recharge and utilities bill payment platform Freecharge has launched a beta Android app called Juice which tracks talktime and data balance and supports operators like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL, Reliance GSM and Aircel, reports NextBigWhat. It does not currently support Xiaomi and Micromax devices.
The app tracks voice and data usage along with displaying recharge plans. It does so by reading the user’s call and SMS logs (not the body of the SMS), and the popups sent by operators informing users about deductions. The company says that balance check and deductions are available only for the primary SIM card on dual SIM phones.
Like the Mubble app mentioned below, Juice needs accessibility to be set to on from a user’s settings, which allows it to receive notifications when a user is interacting with the app, and inspect the content of the window they’re interacting with. After this, it asks the user to run the USSD automatically to retrieve the talktime and data balance.
On its home screen, it displays the number of minutes, MBs of data and SMS count, with a detailed breakdown of how much time and data usage happened on that day. It also displays recent data and talktime reductions, with a button for “Show recommended plans” based on its analysis. Clicking on this displays voice, data and rate cutter plans. Clicking on either of the plans will take the user to the Freecharge app to recharge accordingly.
Competition: Mubble and Bro
– Last month, Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani made an undisclosed personal investment in Mubble, a smartphone app that lets users track their telecom spends and mobile data usage. The Android app is available in multiple Indian languages along with English and first needs Accessibility to be on to track voice and data usage. The app also claims to support multiple SIM cards.
– Pune based Optinno Mobitech has an Android app called Balance Recharge & mOre (BRO) which helps users get their talktime balance, online recharge options based on the number of apps in the phone and internet balance tracking. BRO claims to support all GSM mobile operators across India and plans to add internet balance tracking (prepaid and postpaid), special recharges, talktime, internet and an automated reminder.
FreeCharge wallet crosses 5 million users
Yesterday, we reported that FreeCharge Wallet claimed to have crossed 5 million mobile wallet users in 4 weeks of its launch. The company said that on an average, users transacted over 5 times a month, while an average of 50% users transacted every month on Freecharge. Last month, it launched the digital wallet in partnership with the private sector lender YES Bank. Earlier in April, FreeCharge was acquired by ecommerce player Snapdeal for a reported $450 million, the biggest deal in the Indian consumer internet industry.