Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mobile Ticket [M Ticket] on mobile; Railways E-Ticket Through SMS- Indian Rail - IRCTC Mobile Phone SMS Reservation

Indian Railway’s passengers can now book / reserve their e-tickets from their cell phones instead of normal internet booking and carrying print-outs for journey.  The new facility being named as ‘m-ticket’, the mobile phone supported ticket booking system. The new facility now facilitates the Indian Railway passengers to book train ticket through mobile phones. The passenger just need to carry the display ticket sent to his cell phone through SMS. The SMS would be treated enough proof when shown on mobile to take up his journey. However, the users need to download the mobile ticketing application from Indian Railway new web portal  OR  and should have installed it on his cell phone for utilizing this facility. The customers who are already utilizing the facility of booking e-tickets on mobile phones can avail this facility also by downloading the mobile ticketing application on to their cell phones from the Indian Railway Portal, using the URL sent in the SMS.

Once “m-ticket” is booked and payment made online, an SMS containing the m-ticket details will be sent to the passenger mobile. This message is referred to as Mobile Reservation Message (MRM). The cost of MRM from Indian Railways web portal shall be borne by Indian Railways. This facility of booking e-tickets through SMS from Indian Railways Web Portal will be available from 12.30 AM to 11.30 PM daily.  Apart from the latest m-ticket facility, Indian Railways is also offering number of other services as PNR status, Trains Schedule, Time Table, Train Running Status etc for the convenience of passengers.

With the introduction of this facility, Indian Railway fulfilled its promise for simplified way of train ticket reservation; m-ticket. The Railway Department has taken this decision considering the wide spread use of mobile / cell phones in India. The SMS Services of Indian Railways are supported by leading internet service providers such as Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance, Aircel, Tata Indicom etc. Indian Railways is going to use modern technology such as GPRS, CDMA and speech recognition on various mobile operators.

Procedure to book m-tickets through SMS: Following is the step by step procedure for M-Ticket Booking through SMS:

-   Registration shall be completed with the website  OR  OR  with option for mobile reservation services.

-     Passengers List in profile registered with IRCTC shall be created with minimum of one passenger. This list will be used for the booking process through SMS.

-      The passenger should have Mobile Banking services of banks recommended by the Indian Railways.

-       The passenger should have a mobile connection with any one of the recognized / identified operators of India Railways.

-     The complete process of booking a ticket ‘Book Ticket’ can be finished through two SMS messages, using IRCTC’s short code – 7245.

Before proceeding with all these, you need to download m-ticket application from the website or offered by your mobile service provider and you should follow the installation procedure.