A new feature on Google’s digital payment app lets you pay your bills in seconds, not minutes
Paying bills takes time, whether it’s queuing, driving to multiple offices, or jumping between apps. And then we need to hunt around for customer account details, enter card numbers, or reload the virtual wallet. No wonder, we all believe that paying bills should and could be much simpler and thus save us a lot of time. Recently, Google added a specially designed experience to Tez, its new digital payment app for India, that lets you pay your bills in seconds, not minutes. 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 have located your biller, enter the number associated with your account to link it to Tez and give it an easy name to remember.
Tez is a mobile payments service by Google, targeted at users from India. It operates atop the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), developed by the National Payments Corporation of India. It can be used where UPI payments are accepted. For most recurring utility bills, Tez will fetch any new bill and send you a timely notification when it arrives. Checking whether you have 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.
Diana Layfield, vice-president, Payments and Commerce, Next Billion Users, Google, said, “We’ll start with support for more than 80 billers, 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.”The rollout of bill payments on Tez comes with an exciting new offer. For every new biller you pay this month, you’ll get a scratch card that could win you up to Rs 1,000.