Recharge, in simple words, means "to renew". A recharge can either be done on a prepaid mobile connection or a direct to home television set up once the initial investment on it gets exhausted.
While taking up mobile connections, people can choose either prepaid or post-paid mobile connection. In the prepaid format, one has to pay the amount in advance and then use it for a particular time. In the post-paid format, one can use the mobile for a month and they pay according to the mobile bill. There are lots of takers for prepaid connections because, this way, they can control their mobile costs to a great extent. If a person pays around INR500 and takes up a connection, then after each call he makes, he gets a message on his phone as to what his current balance so that he can plan his talk time effectively.
With usage, the balance amount also keeps coming down. When the amount seems insufficient for further usage, then a person can opt for recharge plans. Though the terms recharge and top up seem to be interconnected, they are actually quite different terms. Experts explain that while a recharge can be used to extend the validity period of one’s connection, top up can be used when the validity period is intact, but when the user runs out of money for using his mobile. Some mobile service providers use both the terms to mean the same.
Recharge plans are available online by most of the service providers thereby making it a very simple task. A person just needs to enter his mobile number or the DTH card number and the amount for which he wants to recharge. It takes less than a minute to do an online recharge and it gets immediately reflected on one’s mobile or television. Some of the mobile service providers have launched attractive offers for college students by offering them options to recharge for a very small amount. Some companies allow users to recharge for even Rs.10. These are great marketing tactics to attract students who are quite wary about spending huge sums on their mobiles.
Some mobile service providers offer recharge coupons of various denominations to the user while taking the connection. When the user knows that this validity is coming to a close, he can simply use these coupons to recharge his mobile and extend the validity of his connection. These coupons are in the form of a scratch card mode. The user has to scratch and get the code from the coupon, call the customer service centre of the respective service provider and enter the scratch code when announced. The connection will be recharged instantly.