Tencent-Sponsored Indian Messaging App Hike Rolls Out Payments Services

Users can also use the Hike wallet to recharge prepaid phones and pay postpaid bills from within the app.
“It’s one step further in our vision to make Hike a messaging platform that will change the way people interact with content and services,” Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and CEO of Hike Messenger, told CNBC about the new features.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp announced it hit 200 million monthly active users in India.
Mittal is the son of Sunil Mittal, founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprise, which owns one of India’s largest telecommunication networks, Bharti Airtel.
Additionally, Hike is introducing Blue Packets, which are personalized digital envelopes that can be used to send monetary gifts for various occasions — the money will be transferred to the recipient’s Hike wallet.

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