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Book train tickets through mobile from July 1

Vignesh B

Youngling
From July 1, you will be able to book your train ticket through your mobile phone at a cost of Rs. 6.


IRCTC has developed a software, providing two options of using the mobile phone to book tickets. The SMS process or the menu-based USSD (Unstructured supplementary data) can be used to book tickets at the designated number, which will be released later.


Railway Minister C.P. Joshi will launch the scheme on July 1.


IRCTC has decided to notify later the designated number for purchase of tickets through mobiles.


Passengers will have to register their mobile numbers with IRCTC and 26 banks that are providing the facility before booking the ticket which is a two-SMS process — at the cost of Rs. 3 per SMS.


The revenue for the mobile service providers come from the two SMSes and no other extra charge will have to be paid by the ticket purchaser.


Banks will charge payment gateway at the rate of Rs. 5 for any transaction below Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 10 for an amount in excess of this.


IRCTC is introducing the mobile wallet concept, from which the ticket fare and its service charge will be deducted.


The advantage of the service is that tickets can be booked from anywhere in the country with a mobile tower reach.


IRCTC has claimed that the mobile phone process will be faster, reliable and secure and no hard copy of the ticket will be necessary while undertaking the journey. The SMS confirmation will be valid.

Source - The Hindu
 

Anorion

Sith Lord
Staff member
Admin
This is good news. Guess mobile here means sms because this is already poss with a smartphone. No hard copy needed! can show sms and tc only asks if you have id, rarely actually checks it.
 
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Vignesh B

Youngling
This is good news. Guess mobile here means sms because this is already poss with a smartphone. No hard copy needed! can show sms and tc only asks if you have id, rarely actually checks it.
It is through sms process as stated in the source. There is menu-based USSD (Unstructured supplementary data) also.
As far as hard copy is concerned, ticket as an sms only(when you book through irctc) has been there for quite some time.
 

Kl@w-24

Slideshow Bob
Good idea. I'll wait to see how it is implemented before patting the back of Indian Railways. :D
 
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Vignesh B

Youngling
Am just keeping fingers crossed about how reliable this service would be. I hope it doesn't go the IRCTC(tatkal booking anyone?) way.
 

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Sith Lord
Staff member
Admin
As far as hard copy is concerned, ticket as an sms only(when you book through irctc) has been there for quite some time.
Yep! Don't see it catching on too much though

Uh pasting sample ticket. This is how it's implemented, you get sms like this and you have to flash your screen at tc. Feels like the future.
PNR:4703670382,TRAIN:12620,DOJ:15-04-2013,TIME:19:24,SL,KAWR TO TNA, Aditya J M,PQWL 27,FARE:370,SC:10+PG CHGS.
 
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