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Top up with credit card: Paytm to levy 2% fee, MobiKwik free

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Mobile wallet company MobiKwik said today it will allow consumers to top up wallets using credit cards without any additional charges, while its bigger rival Paytm has levied a 2 per cent fee for such transactions.

MobiKwik will continue to offer free uploading of money into their wallet for all users, including users, it said in a statement.

"Post demonetisation, in order to boost the government's vision of cash-less India, the company had a stated policy of revoking fees on uploading money through credit cards and today the company reiterated its policy of continuity," it added.

MobiKwik currently serves over 55 million users and 1.4 million merchants. By the end of 2017, MobiKwik aims to increase its user base to 150 million and serve over 5 million merchants.

Paytm said yesterday it will levy a 2 per cent fee on for adding money to wallets using credit cards.

Defending its decision for the levy, Paytm had said it found multiple users using its platform to get free credit by using credit cards to top up their mobile wallets and transferring the money back to their bank accounts at zero transaction cost.

"Some financially savvy users (surprisingly many of them employees of national financial institutions) exploited this model to rotate money. This may surprise normal users like most of us but for a savvy user, it meant freebies at Paytm's cost," Paytm said in a blog post.

Paytm said it pays "hefty charges" when consumers use their to card networks and issuing banks and therefore, if users simply add money from to wallet and transfer the amount to bank, it loses money.

"Our revenue model requires users to spend money within our network and we make money from the margins available to us on various products/services we offer," the Alibaba-backed firm said.

The company has started levying the fee from yesterday. Adding money using other payment options like debit cards and net banking continue to remain free.

Also, Paytm said it would issue a discount coupon for same amount within 24 hours of adding money using credit cards.

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First Published: Thu, March 09 2017. 18:58 IST