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[Review] FreeCharge Universal App – Blazing Fast Way To Recharge Online

Smartphones are slowly and steadily making their reach to each and every pocket in the world. If you want to stay connected with your loved ones, these gadgets has become an answer to that dilemma. You can carry them along wherever you go and connect to whomsoever you wish to by just tapping few pixels on the screen. That being said, it is equally important to have sufficient balance in your phone before buzzing anyone you wish to connect.

In case of Prepaid plans, you first need to add adequate funds in your account before making calls. Online Recharge platforms plays a pivotal role in taking care of that front. You can easily purse balance in your phone by making a payment online. There are multiple apps available in Windows Phone store to avail advantages of recharging your phone online.

Today, we’re going to review FreeCharge, one of the fastest app to pay for online recharge & bill payments which was recently released as a Universal App for Windows 10. The app introduces version 10 which is quite a bump from the previous version 3.8 available for Windows Phone only. This app has been there for Windows Phones for quite some time now. Donning an ultra user friendly interface, the app offers a lots of features like Mobile Recharges, Electricity Bill Payments, DTH Recharge, LPG Gas Connection Bill Payment etc. Recently, they have also added Metro Rail Smart Card Recharge functionality as well. It is important to note that the app is currently available for Indian careers only.

Introduction

FreeCharge is one of the India’s most used app to make payments. There are several Customers across the country who takes advantage of this app to make prepaid, postpaid, DTH, metro recharge and utility bill payments for numerous service providers. Native wallet service was launched way back in September 2015 to make it easy for customer to pay across all the major online platforms. Also, you can use this app to pay at various outlets like Shoppers Stop, McDonalds, Cinepolis, HomeStop, Crosswords, Hypercity and even for E-Rickshaws. You name it and they have an easy way to handle your payments.

Recently, a service called Chat-n-Pay was added to the app which is all about getting more social in terms of payments. You can chat with your friends and send/receive money in a secure and reliable environment. Also, splitting of bills is also not a headache anymore, thanks to Split Bill service provided in the app.

FreeCharge has considerably huge customer base in India and its emerging out as one of the most valued brand with its effective and seamless services.

Design

FreeCharge has been quite compliant to Windows App Platform standards since it was first released for Windows Phone 8. With a minimal interface and adaptive layout for Windows 10 PC, the app offers a staggering user experience. Moreover, fluid and elegant navigation adds to the hassle-free online payment service. Imparting an easy understanding of the layout, FreeCharge puts those services on the top which are most likely to be used by its customers.

Contemplating a use case scenario of recharging your prepaid mobile, you can select from the recent transactions that you have made in the past or you can chose to do a fresh payment. Just enter your mobile number and let FreeCharge worry about getting all other data like your Carrier Information, your Region/Circle etc. As soon as you put in your number in there, its just a matter of few taps and some seconds before you have the funds added to your account.

Likewise, it provides the same swiftness with all other services as well. The app has been designed in such a nominal way that you can do recharges with same momentum even while using a low speed Internet.

What Does It Offer?

FreeCharge offers a truckload of features with its native Windows Phone app and now it all has been brought up to you right on your Windows 10 PC, Laptop and Tablets. Coupled with its beautiful UI, the app brings forth a huge set of features to attract a substantial customer base in India. Over and above that, it is updated in Store every once in a while with even more exciting features.

Below is the rundown of most rousing features included in the new FreeCharge Universal App for Windows 10 PC.

Let Cortana Do The Honours

A perfect approach to delivering a UWP, I must say! With Windows 10 making us all capable to do more, Cortana, your very own personal assistant knows how to pair with the native UWP apps and go the extra mile in terms of relaying productivity to your needs.

FreeCharge for Windows 10 PC brings along this much appreciated feature to let Cortana do the job for you. Just one command and your transaction will be done in a snap! All you need to do is to tell Cortana to recharge your/your friend’s mobile number with a specific amount that you need to mention.

This is similar to the Voice Recharge feature on Windows Phones. The magic of Cortana and lightning speed of FreeCharge makes online recharges fun again. Apart from this, the app also supports Live Tile integration to your Start screen.

Win Some Exciting Rewards!

Just like its Windows Phone app, FreeCharge has ushered in some rewarding deals and bonuses for Universal app as well. You can take part in the available deals under Rewards section to reap some extra benefits. FreeCharge keeps updating the available rewards to confer an enjoyable experience to its customers.

Currently, there is an amazing reward available named Emergency Lifeline which gives upto 100 MB of 3G Data for free. These lifelines can be your saviours when you’re running low on your prepaid mobile data balance. Provided that your Mobile Operator is supported, you can easily bag in 100 MB of 3G data in exchange of 5 tokens which is the basic medium of exchange for taking advantage of these rewards. You can earn even more tokens by recharging & paying bills on FreeCharge. Sounds like a great feature? You bet!

The Trump Card: FreeCharge Go

FreeCharge Universal App comes with its much cherised feature FreeCharge Go. Powered by MasterCard, it is your personal virtual card that can be used just like a regular card for making online payments. It promises you a safe transaction with a native PCI-DSS compliant card-store and 128-bit encryption and is one of the best secured cards on the internet.

Here’s what FreeCharge has to say about it:

  • FreeCharge Go, the latest innovation by FreeCharge, is the future of wallets and online shopping. After already starting a mobile wallet, we are now moving forward to FreeCharge Go, a revolutionary virtual card powered by Mastercard, and linked to your FreeCharge Balance!. Transactions at all your favourite online shopping websites are now quick and convenient. FreeCharge Go is currently restricted to Indian websites and apps like Snapdeal, TaxiForSure, BigBasket, Flipkart, Amazon etc. You can smoothly make a transaction on a variety of products, including fashion, groceries, travel or even hotel bookings.

Moreover, cherry on the cake is the ability to add MPIN to your FreeCharge Go MasterCard to attach an extra layer of security. You need to add this MPIN when you apply for FreeCharge Go for the first time. This is just like an ATM PIN which you will need to view the card details like card number and CVV.

Recharges And Payments! Payments And Recharges!

There is a full stack of payment services available in FreeCharge. You can use it not just for Mobile Recharges but other services as well like Electricity Bill Payments, LPG Gas Subscription Payment, DTH Service Payment, Landline Phone Recharge, Datacard Recharge and Metro Rail Smart Card Recharge.

Such vast stream of services puts FreeCharge miles ahead of its competitors. There is no more waiting in queue for recharge or utility bill payments. You can quickly pay at your fingertips and spare some time for yourself.

There are numerous other features as well in FreeCharge Universal App. The list just goes on. Below are some more features just to name a few:

  • View tariff plans on full talktime, top up, 3G and 2G data recharge on all major prepaid mobile operators in India.
  • Save recharge, account details & transaction preferences for quick repeat experience.
  • Saved cards, address and personal details for faster payment experience on FreeCharge, Snapdeal and other merchants.
  • Login using your Google+ or Facebook accounts and enjoy the best recharge experience ever.
  • Amazing discounts and cashbacks on all types of transactions – mobile recharge, bill payment, dth recharge and utility payments.
  • In App Support System to provide a fast and effective Customer Service.

Wrapping It Up

No doubt, FreeCharge Universal App put a lot on the table. Sticking to its minimalist design, it offers the same brisk and rapid user experience as it does on its Windows Phone peer. However, the app can improve in terms of bringing support for the features that are currently available on Android and iOS platform. Amazing discounts and cashbacks on all types of transactions – mobile recharge, bill payment, dth recharge and utility payments. Ability to send/receive money to/from your friends and adding support for Emergency Lifeline reward on other Service Providers are just a few recommendation which can help increase its customer base.

You can follow FreeCharge on Twitter here to stay updated with the latest offers and services. Also, you can provide feedback for the Universal App to its development team by mailing them at [email protected] 

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