Blame it on the Internet that I virtually stopped visiting physical stores to buy stuff. I ordered my Dell laptop online, Tata Sky plus online, booked a carpenter online to do some wood work in my house, ordered Pizza’s, purchased a brand new Nexus one via eBay India and ohh, some inners too (couldn’t resist the offer that I saw then in a paper that I instantly ordered them). And for the first time, I thought and decided to recharge my Airtel mobile online.
I know my mother would scold me. Which shop owner doesn’t have a mobile recharge option with him these days? Even a small Pan wala dabba puts a Mobile company’s banner on it and can do a e recharge for you. She would say the same, ‘Can’t you walk out a few meters and do a recharge?’
But since I decided to do it using my favorite Internet, I WILL do it.
I know there are scores of websites that will recharge almost anything that can be recharged (don’t think too far).
But I decided to go one step ahead and see if there are any Applications that I can use on my phone to do the work.
Airtel for some reason officially prefers mChek and offers e recharge using mChek on its website too.
I decided to use Ngpay first, downloaded the App on my second phone (Nokia 5800) and set up everything.
What an irony. Everything works, except Airtel Prepaid recharge, due to a ‘Maintenance’ work. And today, after 1 week of all that, Airtel prepaid recharge still doesn’t work. However, I didn’t let it go that time since there was mChek which nicely finished the work without any fuss.
Even after that, I somehow like using Ngpay and will use it next time for the recharge, if it’s permits. May be because it has more options for payment than just a credit/debit card stuff that mChek provides.