With all the emerging UPI payments in the smartphone business, Google has also launched its UPI wallet Google Tez exclusively for India last year. The company has now partnered with 80 billers in India of various services and allows its users to pay their utility bills.
When the app first launched in India, it allowed users to transfer money between friends and in-between the contacts via UPI. It also allowed users to pay to the retailers who had UPI based payment gateways. Now, Google is adding utility bill payments feature for its users, the company said in a blog post, “Adding a new biller is a breeze, and you only have to do it once. Just tap on New Payment and then Pay your bills. You’ll see a list of billers supported on Tez across locations. You can also search for them by name. Once you’ve located your biller, enter the number associated with your account to link it to Tez and give it an easy name to remember.”
Tez will also fetch your utility bills every month and reminds the user by sending a timely notification. The user who has already linked his bank account to his mobile through Tez can directly pay his bills on time with this new feature. “Checking whether you’ve paid a bill in the app is as simple as tapping the biller’s name on your Tez home screen. There, you’ll be able to view all past payments grouped by biller, as well as manage bills from multiple accounts,” the company said in its blog post.
Tez has a support of including national and state electricity providers, gas and water, and DTH recharge. These include billers like Reliance Energy, BSES and DishTV, and in total will cover all states and major metros in India. Tez also supports Bharat BillPay system, which lets you fetch the latest bill from your providers.
Google to encourage its users to use Tez, is offering a scratch card for Rs 1000 for every new utility biller being added by the user this month.