Taxi hailing service Uber has entered into a strategic partnership with Bharti Airtel to power payments on its app and provide free high-speed Internet connectivity to riders.
Riders will now be able to pay for Uber rides through Airtel Money, the service provider’s own digital wallet, in addition to Paytm’s digital wallet, credit and debit cards.
Further, Airtel’s 4G networks will power free in-car Internet access for Uber customers starting this Saturday in Mumbai. Net access will be powered by the driver’s handsets.
The partnership also makes Airtel Uber’s official telecom partner across India by offering drivers mobile, data and device plans.
In order to access the Internet on-the-go, drivers will have to turn on the Wi-Fi hotspot on their 4G enabled handsets and riders have to click on “UberWIFI” to begin surfing the web.
The free Internet service is kicking off in Mumbai from Saturday and will be rolled out pan-India in the coming months.
Ola too recently launched “Ola Select”, a benefits program which allows frequent riders to enjoy benefits such as free in-cab Internet at no additional cost.