Uber, has joined hands with Bharti Airtel for allowing its users to pay for their service with Airtel Money.
Bharti Airtel will also offer 4G internet access on Uber cabs to its drivers and customers. This will start with Mumbai as the first city.
According to Srini Gopalan, director of consumer business, Bharti Airtel,
“Our partnership with Uber is directly in line with our commitment to offer innovative and relevant services for our customers. We are excited that Uber has chosen Airtel to fulfil its telecom needs, and look forward to supporting the company’s rapid growth across India”
Uber will also give Airtel’s mobile devices to its drivers for creating 4G Wi-Fi hot spots in the cabs. Airtel will also become Uber’s official telecom partner across India and support the ride sharing app’s growth by offering mobile, data and device plans to Uber’s driver-partners.
The San Francisco-based Uber also has a tie up with mobile wallet firm Paytm for cashless payments. Last month, Uber had partnered with mobile payment service provider MobiKwik for powering credit and debit card payments on its platform.
Ola Cabs, Uber’s biggest rival in India, had come up with a similar feature earlier this week when it launched ‘Ola Select,’ to a restricted set of customers.
Uber is one the world’s heavily funded startups, with Tata Opportunities Fund (TOF) investing undisclosed amount in Uber.