Get paid to pay your bills
If you’re paying your phone, DTH, broadband and utility bills the regular way, you’re doing it wrong. Websites like Freecharge, Paytm and Recharge It Now give you discounts in return.
Every time you pay your phone bill at a neighbourhood store, your DTH bill on your service provider’s website or your electricity bill at the electric company’s outlet, you’re missing out. There are a few websites that will make your bill-paying experience more joyous. You pay your bill online and, in exchange, get to pick from a host of discount coupons, freebies and offers on everything from food, movies, flight tickets and entertainment. Here’s how they work:
Recharges available Mobile, DTH, data card, toll card, bill payments for mobiles, landlines, electricity, data card and gas.
With a user base of almost 3.5 million Indians, Paytm is perhaps the biggest online recharge website available right now. Built for both PC browsers as well as mobiles, you can recharge your prepaid mobile and DTH connection. You can also pay postpaid bills for your mobile, landline, electricity and gas connections and data card and even book bus tickets. For Delhi NCR customers, this website also gives you the option to recharge your toll card for the Gurgaon–Delhi route. You can opt to pay by cash or collect Paytm cash to facilitate easier and faster transactions.
How it works Once you key in your number and recharge details, you are taken to the payment page where you need to provide your bank details. On this page, you can add a number of discount coupons to your transaction to avail them.
Offers A host of offers is available when you recharge through Paytm. The free ones include discount coupons for Flipkart, Jabong, ShopClues, Pepperfry and more when we checked. In the travel sector, discount coupons on hotels, flights and holiday packages are available. Food coupons, though not all of them are free, for a nominal charge give you free garlic bread, beverages and more at places like Dominos, KFC and Café Coffee Day. Other discounts are also available on health checkups, gifts and flowers.
Certain terms and conditions are applied on discounts. These include minimum purchase value or maximum discount limits. However, they are clearly mentioned with the coupon. All coupons come with a fixed validity as well.
Recharges available Mobile, DTH and data card
The website offers recharge options for mobiles, DTH and data cards only. Unlike Paytm, options to pay recharge toll cards and other bills are not available at Freecharge. A convenient option provided is a table where you can check which recharge options are available according to your operator.
How it works At the recharge page you need to type in your number and recharge amount. Once this is done, you can then pick any of the coupons that are available below the tab and add them to your transaction. You can select from an array of both free and paid coupons to enjoy discounts later on.
Offers Freecharge lists all available coupons in a user-friendly manner below the payment tab. A filter also helps you get coupons according to your preferences. Coupons range from discounts and freebies at McDonalds, PVR, Big Cinemas, Rajdhani, Barista, Costa Coffee and Ginger Hotels. You can also get discounts on magazine subscriptions from India Today and Cosmopolitan. Entertainment discounts available give you free Pepsi and popcorn at Fun Cinemas, while you can also get travel discounts at GoIbibo, Cleartrip and Travelguru.
Recharge It Now
Recharges available Mobile, DTH and data card
Like Freecharge, Recharge It Now gives you options to recharge mobiles, DTH and data cards. All mobile, DTH and data card operators are listed on this site for recharge. A separate ‘plans and schemes’ section lets you browse through all available recharge options offered by your operator. Coupons at Recharge It Now are included for an additional Re1 charge and are delivered to you after the transaction.
How it works Select your service provider and once that’s done, you can enter your number and select a recharge amount. Once you enter your bank details and the recharge is successful, the transaction receipt containing discount codes is sent to your email.
Offers All coupons listed on the website can be accessed easily on the recharge page itself. Discounts are shared in the form of coupons which are charged at just Re1, unlike Paytm and Freecharge. Cashback discounts are available at a number of retail stores, airlines, travel websites and food chains like Indiatimes Shopping, Dominos, Myntra, Go Air, Hotels.com, Redbus, Lenskart, Jabong and more. After your transaction, a coupon code is emailed to you, which can be easily redeemed at the checkout page.