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MTNL broadband, landline users can now pay bills via Freecharge

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MTNL customers in Mumbai can now make make online payments for broadband, landline, and other services via online payments platform FreeCharge, reports Economic Times. Note that Snapdeal-owned FreeCharge currently provides mobile bill payments and top-up service for MTNL customers in Delhi and Mumbai.

FreeCharge users can also pay their monthly MTNL bills automatically using Auto Pay—the recently rolled out recurring payments feature on FreeCharge. The Auto Pay feature works by automatically deducting money from FreeCharge wallet account. Users can also set notifications for these payments and set a due date for the bill payments.

Freecharge’s recent tie ups

FreeCharge had signed a deal with payment gateway provider PayUbiz in August, where it will allow customers of FreeCharge to access to over 10,000 online merchants registered with PayUbiz. A similar tie up was announced with payment gateway CCAvenue in March

In July, Axis Bank and FreeCharge had partnered to allow its users to make payments through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Through this, FreeCharge users will be allowed to load money into their wallets through the UPI option which will be powered by Axis Bank’s SDK.

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Online and Offline expansion

FreeCharge has been stepping up its business strategy by extending its payment services to both online and offline merchants. In July, it introduced an escrow service for merchants, wherein the money is held within the escrow service until the product is delivered to the user.

Earlier in March, the wallet started allowing users to transfer money from their digital wallet to other users, as well as registered merchants via a “chat and pay” feature.  Merchants are also allowed to upgrade their payment limits of Rs 1,00,000 with necessary KYC verification.

In February, it tied up with mobile POS solution provider Ezetap to enable Freecharge’s customers to make payments across Ezetap’s service points. In January, the company launched FreeCharge Go – a virtual card which can be used to make payments across all online merchants in India, in association with YES Bank and MasterCard.

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