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Updated: Paytm starts testing free WiFi service in Noida

Update: Paytm says that it will enable a limited-duration free WiFi service for 15 minutes every day per user. The company is also planning to extend free WiFi service to four more locations in the Delhi-NCR region. For now, the service is live at Noida-18 metro station through a partnership with a licensed undisclosed ISP. After evaluating response from users, the project is likely to be extended nation-wide. Paytm has also formed an ‘on-ground team’ to educate potential users like on how to connect to their free WiFi hotspot. The service is primarily aimed at enabling Paytm payments for auto rickshaw drivers and other vendors, nearby a hotspot location. Earlier: Mobile payments and commerce company Paytm has recently started offering free WiFi service as a pilot project. The service is currently live at Noida Sector 18 (near metro) and is expected to be rolled out in more locations later. Paytm’s CEO and Founder clarified on his twitter page that ‘Paytm WiFi’ will provide free access to internet without any discrimination on usage—a user can browse through any app or webpage on his/her smartphone. An ET report said that the pilot program would allow a user to connect to the service for 15 minutes only. https://twitter.com/vijayshekhar/status/720950782246391808 https://twitter.com/vijayshekhar/status/720992531337580545 MediaNama had reached out to Paytm and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma for the following clarifications and we will update once we hear from them. -How long is the WiFi available to the user when connected? Is there an option to pay and use as…

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