Gone are the days when you used to look for the nearest recharge shop to recharge your mobile phone, DTH or datacard. Until recently, we were making payments online (web). Well, with improved mobile Internet speeds, making online payments on-the-go has become much easier and emerged as a preferred option for many.
Well, there are several Indian apps/websites that allow you to make online bill payments for mobile phones, DTH or datacard. Paytm is one of the oldest and popular ones. The service offers mobile recharge and online bill payments as well as serves as a comprehensive e-commerce store with categories ranging from fashion, books to sports, fitness and outdoors.
Paytm is available on web as well as mobile platforms. We take a detailed look at the Paytm for Android app. The app is compatible with Android 2.3 and up, covering all the latest Android smartphones. In addition to delivering basic recharge facility, the app comes with several interesting features such as Fast Forwarding recharge, order queue up and lots more. We will take a detailed look at the features later in the review. Read on.
Paytm has a simple user interface while the features are very organised. Launching the app brings you to the home screen, which shows you the options to pay for mobile, DTH and data card. Paytm gives you the option to switch from prepaid to postpaid as well.
The top bar features categories (on the left hand side), which includes options such as recharge or pay for – (mobile, DTH, datacard, landline, electricity and gas) and a range of shopping options. There's a search option as well (denoted by a traditional lens symbol). On the right hand side, the cart button directs you to your profile, Paytm Cash Wallet, order history, help center and option to log out.
Coming back to the home, below the recharge/pay for section, you have the shopping segment. Similar to any mainstream e-commerce site, Paytm offers exclusive discount deals for categories ranging from home décor to sports. At the bottom, you also have the option to customise your search.
Ease of use
For any utility app, simplicity is the key. Paytm's Android app is simple and very easy to use. There's a very simple sign up process, which requires you entering mobile number, email id and a Paytm password. However, you can always edit your personal details later on. There's also option to update delivery address. On launching the app, you are straight to the business – recharge or pay bill. Paytm also gives you the option to browse plans of all operators. Any one who is familiar with online shopping/payments can use the app without any problem. While you can recharge/pay bills, there are several deals for you to check out – very similar to popular shopping apps.
With the Fast Forward, you can speed up your payment. Another important feature of Paytm is order queue up, which can be very useful in case of the operator network is down. This feature lets you submit your order to Paytm and process it once operater is up.
To make pay your landline, electricity and gas bills, click on the top button on the top left hand side. Tap on the “Recharge or Pay for”. To proceed, you need to fill up the familiar form, enter basic info operator (in case of landline) and consumer account no. (in case of electricity payment). You get the Fast Forward option for these payments as well.
Paytm offers you a wallet feature, giving your more convenience and better experience. You can top up money using your credit or debit cards or netbanking. You can use money for an one the go recharge or bill payment through the app.
After the payment, Paytm sends a receipt to your registered e-mail id, feature details of the transaction. However, you can keep track of your orders through order history.
Paytm saves your time on going to separate websites for separate payments. Most importantly, it's very easy to use. In a nutshell, Paytm is one useful app that can really come in handy for you and is definitely worth a try.
Paytm for Android is available for free on Google Play store.