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Paytm and Citi Partner to Launch Paytm First Card

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Paytm First Card, India’s first card with 1% universal unlimited cashback, and no restrictions on earning categories, was launched today. Issued by Citi, this is an offering by Paytm.

Paytm First Card’s combination of offerings include –

  • Unlimited 1% cashback, without restrictions, auto-credited to cardevery month
  • No hidden fees or charges
  • Accepted in India and internationally
  • Contactless enabled
  • Full waiver of annual fee of INR500 on spends exceeding INR 50,000 per year
  • Attractive Equated Monthly Installment (EMI) options
  • Exclusive offers on dining, shopping, travel, amongst others on the globally acclaimed Citi Privileges platform

Paytm customers can apply for the credit card on their Paytm app, where they will also be able to conveniently track offers through the Paytm First Cardpassbook. Paytm First Card customers will be awarded Paytm promo-codes worth INR 10,000 on spending a minimum of INR10,000 on the credit card within the first four months of issuance. The Paytm First Card passbook not only allows customers to track their credit card transactions but also highlights exclusive offers, both from Patym and Citi on a real-time basis.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Chairman & CEO – One97 Communications, the parent of Paytm, said, “We are delighted to partner with Citi to launch the PaytmFirst Card. Our new offering is designed to bring utmost flexibility to our customers in their digital payment options and will help spur large-ticket cashless payments. We are confident of getting a very good response from our customers.”

One97 Communications started as a Citi Commercial Banking client in 2009. To support the firm’s growing ambitions, Citi was an advisor on the initial investment by Ant Financial in February 2015 and the subsequent strategic investment by Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Services Group in 2016. In Nov 2016, Paytm wallet was integrated with Citibank online and mobile app to make it convenient for Citi’s customers, fast adopting paytm wallet, to top it up online. Citi and Paytm have subsequently, and periodically, built exclusive offerings for Citi debit and credit card customers, such as cashback on movie tickets booked on the Paytm app.

“Paytm First Card gives us the opportunity to extend our expertise in credit card services to a new all-digital consumer base,” said Stephen Bird, CEO, Global Consumer Banking, Citi. “What began as an institutional relationship for Citi has grown into a stronger and deeper partnership across the Citi franchise. Today’s announcement affirms how Citi is establishing itself globally as the partner of choice to accelerate growth for our partners, customers, and business.”

Paytm will identify the potential base using a selection tool, jointly developed by Citi and Paytm, to assess credit worthiness. This provides an innovative alternative to underwrite customers, who otherwise may or may not have a credit history.

“The introduction of Paytm First Card is reflective of Citi’s commitment to partner with leading brands and to expand India’s digital ecosystem. Integrating the Citi service experience within a Paytm proposition will build engagement, thereby driving usage,” said Shinjini Kumar Country Business Manager, Global Consumer Bank, Citibank India. “Citi continues to build innovative solutions that drive healthy spends – and as a result, Citi’s credit card customers use their cards twice as often as the industry’s average, leading to a spend per card that is 1.4 times the industry average.” she added.

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Top Google Play Store Alternatives for Android Users

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World over individuals, institutions, and Governments are more aware of the role that technology plays in their lives. One aspect that we tend to overlook with our smartphone usage is our choice of store for apps. Here are the best options for Android users for other stores that ought to explore. 

Google Play Store

One of the first mobile app stores, Google Play Store was introduced in 2008 with a vision to target the Android market. We all know how successful and popular this app store is across the globe. On average, this store comprises 2,714,499 apps, with 3739 new apps being added regularly.  

Samsung Galaxy Store

Available to Samsung app users, the Galaxy Store comes with a minimalistic interface with two tabs on the home screen: games and apps. The store which previously contained themes, wallpapers, games, etc. has recently reshaped itself with more focus on app and content delivery in local languages. As a result, it now also provides a curated list of app, game recommendations, better gaming perks, and app-exclusive features and offers.

Indus App Bazaar 

Designed to help users discover new and trending apps in their preferred language, Indus App Bazaar houses over 400,000 apps in English as well as 12 Indian languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Gujrati, Tamil and Bengali. Driven to support ‘Made in India’ and ‘Vocal for Local’ initiatives, this app store aims to address the needs of Indian consumers using local and linguistic content. Indus App Bazaar has delivered 1 billion installs+ updates to over 100 million users.

Amazon App Store

Available on all Amazon Fire devices, the Amazon App Store is not just limited to these devices but is accessible to more. To make it more rewarding, Amazon has recently redesigned the store by introducing Amazon Coins, which is a virtual currency to buy apps on discount or for free. This is what sets this store apart from others.

OPPO App Market

Created for ColorOS devices, the OPPO App Market enables users to download all types of Android apps and games for free. The app market offers a wide array of apps that span across categories such as music, social, office, books, photography, health, etc. Both Oppo and Vivo, top Chinese players joined forces to launch this app store to allow developers to market their creations in overseas markets.

Xiaomi GetApps

Started as an online marketplace of apps for Xiaomi smartphone users, Xiaomi GetApps now supports devices from other manufacturers as well. The best part about this app store is that it offers all popular applications, including PUBG, VSCO, and more than that, it also has a section called ‘Today’, which comprises various useful and interesting apps that are updated regularly. 

Huawei App Gallery 

A perfect place to discover your next favorite apps and games, Huawei App Gallery offers a wide array of exclusive content, coupled with free welcome gifts, special in-game events, competitions, and prize draws to make app shopping more rewarding for users. Although it doesn’t have common apps like Zoom, Netflix, Facebook, and even WhatsApp, users don’t have to fret because the store has these apps in APK formats. So, nothing can stop you from using these apps anyway. 

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Times Music Signs Global Licensing Deal with Video Sharing App Triller

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Times Music and viral music video sharing app, Triller – announce their global licensing partnership. Times Music is a dominant market shareholder in Punjabi, Bollywood, regional and independent music and this deal would result in making Times Music’s diverse repertoire being available for users of the Triller app, across the world. 

All of Times Music’s catalog, with over 56,000 songs is now available on the Triller app, for its massive user base to use the music to create short-form content. 

“Times Music’s diverse catalog and its dominating position in the Punjabi and regional marketplaces, gives Triller a significant advantage to navigate the length and breadth of the country. We are very thrilled to have our entire library on Triller,” said Mandar Thakur, COO, Times Music.

“Times Music, one of India’s leading record music labels represents cultural diversity of Indian Music covering prime languages, among many others. As always our goal is to ease creations and move forward to offer our users with an even larger pannier of music to create and share content with freedom” said Raj Mishra, GM, Triller India

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Get All COVID Related Information on Bobble AI’s Keyboard

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Bobble AI has introduced a section on the keyboard called “Covid 19 Resources”that has credible, real-time links providing nationwide information. All Android users who have default Bobble Indic keyboard across all 120+ Indic & international languages, along with IOS and users of Bobble’s regional keyboards (including Marathi, Malayalam, Bangla and Hindi keyboards) can access information with telephone numbers and addresses segregated into sections: oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ICU beds, ventilators, Remdesivir, plasma donors, etc. These are being collated on a real-time basis picked up from government sources and tweets based on Covid related keywords. All Bobble users can share the links with others.  

“The last few weeks have been exceptionally hard, with the second wave of the virus outbreak in the country, and depleting resources. Social media platforms have been filled with people seeking help. Seeing the massive need to provide essential sources of information and resources inspired us to collate a simple and easy-to-share database of important links for Covid-19 related resources. It is time that each organization steps up and contribute in their own way in this hour of grave crisis. ” commented Ankit Prasad, CEO, and Founder, Bobble AI.

Steps to follow

Step 1: Open the conversation where you need to share the leads and select the Fonts option.

Step 2: Select the COVID-19 resources section and share verified covid resources to help others

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