Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) has been a government promoted no-frills digital payments app that only allows for Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based transactions. However, the app has seen a rise in usage after the government started offering cash backs for both its customers and the merchants. Now, the app has been updated with support for bill payments, making it an all-in-one app. It is powered by Bharat Bill Payment System.
The update is now rolling out to both Android and iOS users. After updating, you will find a new section called Bill Pay, just below the Transfer Money section. The first tab is My Bills where all your added billers will appear. As of now, the app supports postpaid mobile bill payments for BSNL, Tata DoCoMo, Idea Cellular and Vodafone. So, if you own an Airtel postpaid connection, you re out of luck.
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You can also pay electricity bills and most major service providers are covered. I checked for Maharashtra, and the likes of B.E.S.T in Mumbai, Tata Power, Torrent Power, Reliance Energy and SNDL Nagpur are covered. In fact, I was successfully able to make payment for my service provider B.E.S.T Mumbai.
Other than that, broadband providers such as Connect Broadband, Hathway, ACT Fibernet and Tikona are available, but the likes of MTNL, BSNL and Airtel, to name a few are missing. Lastly, the option to pay your MTNL, BSNL and Tata DoCoMo landline bills is also available, along with water bills for select states.
As of now, the bill payments option on BHIM app looks to be in pilot phase with not a lot of options available out there. But for whatever service providers that are available, BHIM app offers you a quick solution to make these payments directly from your bank account. Alternatively, you can even use Google Tez app to pay your DTH, electricity, mobile and internet bills. Samsung also recently update Samsung Pay app which brings bill payment solution to the platform.