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In a world where mobiles are akin to personal digital assistants, we bring you a list of the Best Free Recharge apps on Android. These apps are intended to make your life even more comfortable. Read on the following app reviews to find out if these apps deliver on their promises.
Which trait can you single out in Indians while they’re shopping? The instinctive urge to bargain, of course. Now would you have ever thought of bargaining on an online portal? Never, right? Paytm, which proudly displays “handcrafted in India", is a shopping app which lets you bargain with the merchants. Now the app basically serves two purposes – recharge and shopping. You need a Paytm account to get started and use any of their services. It’s a simple procedure which involves your mobile number, email id and a Paytm password.
The UI is clean and hassle free for most parts. On launching the app, the home page is divided into the recharge section and the shopping section. Recharge or pay bills for mobile, DTH and data card. And do so with the ease and convenience a handy app like this brings. Most reviews on Play Store suggested that people were facing a problem while recharging, with bank amount deductions and no subsequent recharge happening, etc. But I was able to recharge within two minutes (Vodafone). The only complaint I have is that all Vodafone talk time offers weren’t present.
Paytm is a recharge and Shopping app
The shopping section doesn’t have as much variety as other popular sites. May be that is why they have to resort to gimmicks like the “bargain" feature. The shopping part is divided into exclusive discount deals, shopping for men/women, trending, sports and home décor. And on items where you can bargain, you’ll find the bargain option. One major problem is that they do not have a ‘cash on delivery’ option.
A gimmick they use is the bargain button where you can chat and bargain!
Who would mind free recharge? No one. Does the app deliver on its promise? Yes. Is the effort worth it? Unfortunately, no. Firstly the first few times I tried using the app, it kept crashing. Secondly the app makes you download a set of other apps and rewards you points. And each point translates to a Rupee as recharge. Now all this effort would still give you only two points per download and you have to download all of the apps on offer. Simply put, skip this one if you don’t want to work hard for a few bucks
You have to download all of these apps to earn points
Insurance bills (ICICI Prudential, IndiaFirst, Tata AIG and Birla SunLife)
Pay all your bills using Mobikwik
You can browse all plans across leading network service providers. And unlike Paytm, I found all current recharge plans listed out. And even for the other categories most major service providers are listed out there and if you can’t find yours, have some patience. It’s likely to make it in the next few updates, or so the developers claim.
They also have a MobiKwik Wallet wherein you can deposit money and make future payments with just a single click. That is to say, you wouldn’t have to enter your bank account details for every transaction. Once you have enabled MobiKwik wallet you can even use SMS to pay bills.
Park money in the MobiKwik wallet and pay bills with a single click
The app with its small file size and limited bandwidth requirements works smoothly on almost all handsets whether its 2G, 3G or a WiFi network. And there are no crash/lag issues, no annoying ads and an absolutely free service. No wonder then that it is the highest rated online app in India.
Like Paytm, Ngpay also is not just a recharge and top up app, but what they call a “mall on mobile". The app is bundled with abundant options. With this recharge app you can book travel tickets (rail, air and bus), buy movie tickets, DTH/phone top up and even find gifting options. What works for the app is the sheer variety in the number of services they provide.
Mobile/DTH top up on Ngpay
The only grouse I have with this app is with the navigation and the ads. It takes a delay of around 2 seconds to get to the next page. The app could have been more cleverly designed. And the ads are probably a necessary evil for the developers to make some money. Another small hiccup is that although most services are free, some will require a small convenience fee. (Examples include charging an extra Rupee for mobile recharges).
The other options on Ngpay
If it’s only recharge and top up that you’re looking for then you would be better off with Paytm. Download Ngpay if you wish to access the other services they provide.