So you need to recharge your Airtel mobile from FreeCharge or PayTM, but are reluctant to because there are no offers on Airtel whereas for Vodafone, Idea, Docomo and all other telecom service providers are? I have 2 sims, but I have never recharged my Airtel number after since all the online payment portals stopped giving cashbacks and offers on Airtel.
But why is this all happening? Why no offers for Airtel only?
This all started in mid of 2015 and is obviously related to Net Neutrality! If you don’t know about it, then let me explain you about something past. Airtel planned to offer higher rates on WhatsApp, Viber or any such service like VoIP or online messages because they crashed Airtel’s value in market. Not only Airtel was affected, but the same happened with Vodafone and all the companies because WhatsApp is actually cheaper than normal SMS which costs Re. 1 to Rs. 1.5 normally and millions of Indian started messaging using Whatsapp and calls from Viber/Messenger. And because the craze of WhatsApp and applications like this grew, Airtel published to increase prices for WhatsApp, Viber, etc. but because it was not good for the customer, we all flooded Airtel’s twitter page, rated 1/5 Airtel application on Play Store and spammed a lot. After this, FlipKart joined this program where Airtel was giving free data for FlipKart and the same happened to FlipKart. Many users rated flipkart 1/5 in Google Play Store and then seeing all this FlipKart took their foot back from this Airtel’s program. From that time, we encourage Net Neutrality which means that there should be same browsing rates for all the websites and millions of emails were sent to TRAI for the same. But, Airtel has still not stopped. 🙁 Here are some Tweets regarding #NetNeutrality and #SaveTheInternet
— Pranesh Prakash (@pranesh) November 2, 2015
— Hasit Shah (@HasitShah) April 15, 2015
— Javed Anwer (@Javed_Del) October 16, 2015
Summing up, Airtel was going in loss because of apps like WhatsApp/Facebook Messenger/Viber and so they increased the prices of them and we all Indians flooded Airtel and FlipKart’s pages for this as even FlipKart joined this.
Now coming back to the topic, there can be many reasons why no online recharging websites are offering cashbacks and discounts for Airtel and some of them are listed here:
Why FreeCharge & PayTM Not Giving Offers On Airtel?
Airtel Don’t Want To Give Commission To FreeCharge, PayTM, etc!
Airtel has launched their application where you can find offers for Airtel and in the same time online recharging websites ended their support for Airtel. Relating them is easy. It is simple that Airtel is saving their money by not giving commission to e-recharging websites and by giving on their own application. Also this can be possible that Airtel is offering too less commissions to these sites as compared to other telecom service provides.
MobiKwik, FreeCharge Are Supporting Net Neutrality!
If this is true, then I wish that there will be no offer by the recharging sties on Airtel because they are helping Indians to stand against Net Neutrality. But how? Most of the people recharge their mobile numbers through FreeCharge, PayTM and MobiKwik only and what will happen if they don’t offer the customers good price? Simply, customers will move to other service provider and this will surely boost the Net Neutrality.
Airtel Asked The E-Recharging Websites To Stop Giving Offers
Well this is also possible and is like the first chance to the question. Maybe Airtel itself asked the recharging sites to stop giving cashbacks and offer on Airtel so that people move to Airtel application for recharging and enjoy offers there. This will help Airtel a lot because they no more need to pay commissions to the recharging websites and make money with their own application.
Oh, I need To Support #NetNeutrality, but How?
Yes, you can! Here, open the NetNeutrality Indian page and send an email to TRAI.
Tweet on Twitter with the hashtag of #NetNeutrality and #SaveTheInternet to Airtel regarding the net neutrality.
So these were some best guesses to the question why online recharging websites ain’t supporting Airtel because they themselves are not willing to reply on Twitter or Facebook for this question.
Hope you like this post! 🙂