IRCTC launches SMS/USSD based Mobile Bookings

18th July 2013 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

IRCTC-SMS-USSD-based-Mobile-BookingsNew Delhi, India, July 18, 2013: In last month our group reported that IRCTC is launching SMS-based booking. Now IRCTC has launched SMS/USSD based Mobile Bookings.

Advantages of booking IRCTC tickets via mobile

  • No need to stand in long queues or log onto the internet.
  • Simple, reliable and secured.
  • Accessible to any mobile user.
  • Very little charges for accessing the service.
  • Works on all handsets.
  • Simple user guided menu – book tickets, search for stations, trains, availability.

Railway e-ticket now on mobile

  • IRCTC introduces for the first time a non-internet based ticketing system that will empower masses even in remote areas to use the omnipresent mobile device to make reservations.
  • Millions of rail travellers can now use their mobile phones to book tickets in a simple, convenient and secured manner.
  • It uses simple SMS or menu-based USSD technology which works on all mobile phones and involves no internet and costs very little.
  • The services can be currently availed by IRCTC registered users only.

USSD based booking through Airtel:

Registration

  • Register for Airtel money by dialing USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Services Data) number *400#.
  • Load cash on this or recharge from any Airtel money outlet.

Booking Flow

    • Dial *400# and select book tickets option.
    • Select Reservation.
    • Enter your IRCTC User ID.
    • Enter the details of ticket (station, train no. date of journey, class etc.).
    • Enter mPIN for authorizing payment through Airtel money.
    • Booking confirmation SMS is sent by IRCTC and same can be used during journey along with valid ID proof..
    • Fare & service charges are debited from your Airtel money account.
    • PG Charges: Currently NIL
    • Agent Service Charges: Currently NIL
    • Helpline No.: 121
    • Helpline Email : 121@airtelmoney.in

SMS based booking through 139:

Registration

  • Register your mobile number with IRCTC as well as with your bank.
  • Bank provides MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) & OTP (One Time Password) through IMPS (Immediate Payment Service) option.
  • More than 25 banks are providing IMPS facility. For generating MMID & OTP, visit website:http://www.npci.org.in/impsmerpay10.aspx.)

Booking Flow

    • Generate OTP through your Bank for authorization of payment.
    • Send SMS, in the following syntax, to 139 BOOK <TrainNo><FromStn.Code><ToStn.Code> <TravelDate (DDMM)><Class><Passenger-Name><Age><M/F>
    • You will receive Transaction ID alongwith other details.
    • Make payment through sending an SMS, in the following syntax, to 139 PAY <Transaction ID as received><IMPS><Your MMID as received from the bank><OTP, your one time password as received from the bank for this transaction><IRCTCUserID> and your ticket is booked; confirmation SMS is received on your mobile and same can be used during journey along with valid ID proof.
    • Service is available to all mobile subscribers.
    • SMSes @ Rs 3/- per SMS (2 SMSes are required for each booking).
    • PG charges Rs 5/- for ticket amount < Rs 5000/ and Rs 10/- for ticket amount >= Rs 5000/- (as applicable by bank).
    • Agent Service Charges: NIL
    • Helpline No.: 139
    • Helpline Email : smsticket139@bharatbpo.in

SMS based booking through 5676714:

Registration

  • Register your mobile number with IRCTC as well as with m-wallet (http://www.zipcash.in/user/nlogin.aspx)
  • Send SMS, to 5676714, in the following syntax START < irctc user Id > for user authentication (first time only)

Booking Flow

    • Send an SMS to 5676714 to book a ticket in the following syntax: BOOK <From stn.code>,<to stn.code>, <DDMMYY>, <Trainno>,<Class>,<passenger name>,<age>,<M/F>
    • 1. “PAY , MPAY, < m-PIN >” for authorizing payment through MPAY

OR

    • 2. “Send <mobileno>,<mmid>,<amount>, <transaction Id>,<OTP>” to your Bank IMPS number.
    • After payment is made booking confirmation is sent to your mobile.
    • SMSes @ Rs 3/- per SMS (2 SMSes are required for each booking).
    • PG Charges: Currently NIL
    • Agent Service Charges: As applicable.
    • Helpline No. : 8882001001
    • Helpline Email : support@saarthii.com

SMS based booking through BSNL:

User should have the following:

  • 1. BSNL SIM card installed.
  • 2. Java enabled mobile phone.
  • 3. Andhra Bank Prepaid card.
  • This is a menu driven application where user has to enter the details asked for in simple step-by-step process to get the ticket.

Registration

  • Install the application.
  • Select the Register option to get the mPIN.

Booking

  • Click the icon BSNL Prepaid Card
  • Select Ticketing > Train (IRCTC)
  • Fill up the journey details such as From stn, To Stn, Train No, DOJ, Class, Quota, passenger details.
  • Enter the mPIN to get the ticket information.
  • SMSes: without charges.
  • PG Charges: Currently NIL
  • Agent Service Charges: As applicable.
  • Helpline No. : 040-39849644
  • Helpline Email : bsnl.support@pyrogroup.com

 

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