Given the incredibly high rates of fake free recharge schemes, I am pretty aware of the “another free recharge scam!” scorn on your face when you read the title. Fortunately, this is real (and I am saved from the brickbats).
The Indian multiplatform instant Messenger, Hike has launched a promotional offering free recharge talktime of Rs 20, for every person you invite. Yep, I was sceptical too, until I got my recharge.
All you have to do is, to invite your friends to Hike, via SMS (which is free) and you will be rewarded INR 20 talktime apart from 50 free SMS every month for every person joining Hike on your invite. Your friends upon joining Hike will get a reward of INR 10 talktime along with 100 free monthly SMS as well.
If you had invited your friends to hike earlier, then worry not. Hike will add the talktime balance to your Reward account depending upon the number of people you have successfully invited to Hike via SMS
This out-of-the way promotional techniques for a free messenger has never been seen before and should easily send some tremors to WhatsApp camp given the attractive incentives. Frankly Hike team seems to be trying pretty hard to get users on board.
This offer is available in India only. The offer will be valid only till 28/02/2013
Steps to get the free talktime
Go to the Invite friends menu and invite your friends via SMS (Free SMS, you would not be charged). When your friend joins Hike, you will be notified by the hike and a free talktime of Rs 20 will be added to your account along with 50 free SMS every month. You can keep a track of your reward balance in the Rewards menu. Once you have more than Rs 50 in your reward balance, you can opt for recharge.
You will not getting the full amount though, and service tax is applicable. Gladly, Hike, literally supports every mobile operator you can think of.
How does it work?
It can take a while to recharge and the time may also depend on your mobile operator. I and and my friend got our respective talk time recharge redeemed pretty quickly (say 5 minutes), while another pal had to retry several times before he got lucky. Also I almost believed that my recharge failed as there was not any sort of confirmation prompt within hike. However you get a SMS confirming your recharge though.
If you are wondering how well does hike compare to Whatsapp, then I can assure you that with Hike you will be greeted with a much (much) better UI along with very snappy performance and handy features. I recommend you to read our detailed review of hike to get an idea. Happy hunting!
Download: Hike (free)