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Get Train PNR Status On Your Mobile For Free

Posted: November 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Tools/Service | 4 Comments »

If you live in India, chances are you know the pain of getting a confirmed train ticket to your destination on a desired date. If you book a ticket months in advance and you are lucky you can get a confirmed ticket, however, most of the time you get a ticket in waiting list. Going online every time (and wading through the pop-ups of Indian Railways website, even after pop-up blocker) to check the PNR status is such a pain.

Tada, enter myPNRstatus, just enter your PNR number along with your mobile number and forget about checking your PNR status every few days/hours. myPNRstatus will send you an SMS as soon as there is any change in your PNR status, did I mention it’s F.R.E.E. It will also keep you updated about train timings, if there is any delays or change in timings of your train.

No Internet? no problem, you can still use myPNRstatus service, send MYPNR <Your 10 DIGIT PNR NUMBER> to 9220092200 and you will start receiving your PNR status information SMS. The number is a non-premium number so you will pay your normal SMS charges. Remember, the service is still in Beta so you might expect some bugs.

While, there are free services which provide you PNR status for free, e.g. Google can send you PNR status on your mobile for free ( send your 10 digit PNR number to 9773300000) but you’ll have to send an SMS every time you want to know the status but if you are using myPNRstatus service you don’t have to do anything after submitting your PNR number and mobile number. The service will automatically send you SMS as soon as there is any change in your PNR status.

From usability point of view it’s a very good service, however, from business perspective I suspect how long it can sustain without revenue generation. Presently, the site has Google Ads which might generate some moolah but how much and for how long? If the service gets enough traction then SMS cost will rise and it would be interesting to see how myPNRstatus.com plan to generate revenues.

Go, give myPNRstatus a spin.

Thanks @shankargan


ClearTrip.com offers Indian railways reservations

Posted: September 25th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Tools/Service | 4 Comments »

Cleartrip.com has partnered with with IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd.) to offer train reservations for Indian Railways.

So, what has changed? Now, you can book Indian railway ticket with simple and ease on Clear Trip. I did try some search on Cleartrip and was amazed by the speed of results. I wonder why these results do not appear so fast on IRCTC website?
Although, the Cleartrip’s clean interface and speed is appreciated but the website does not show the full list of trains. See in the below screenshot: I searched for trains between Mumbai Central to New Delhi for 16th Dec, 2008. Cleartrip show’s me only one train whereas IRCTC shows 9 trains for the same day.

Is IRCTC not sharing the complete database? :-)
I am sure once Cleartrip overcomes these minor issues, it would be a breeze to book railway tickets online on cleartrip and there would be no Unable To Retrieve Due To Communication failure messages.


Get latest news in your Gtalk by IBNlive

Posted: August 11th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Tools/Service | 1 Comment »

CNN IBN, the leading English Indian news channel has introduced IBNlive Gtalk buddy. By using this buddy, you can get latest news update right inside your Gtalk chat window.

Here is how it works.

  • Add im@ibnalerts.com in your buddy list in Gtalk.
  • Send help as instant message and you can get the list of accepted keywords.
  • The keywords are like sports, ent and top. You receive news stories snippet along with link to the news story.

By using IBNlive Gtalk buddy you can also search for stories on IBNlive.com, just send search “your query” (without quotes) as your message and you will receive links for your search related stories (for e.g. search Beijing Olympics )

See the how to video on IBNlive


Rediff launches Bus Fare Search

Posted: August 7th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Tools/Service | No Comments »

Bus Fare SearchAfter Train Fare Search, Rediff has launched Bus Fare Search. The new service lets you search for best Bus fare between different cities. The interface is clean and easy to use. While searching for Bus fare, you also get a comparative view of the trains available for the same route.

The Rediff bus fare searches mainly state transport websites and RedBus.in, Ticketvala.com. The search result takes you to the parent site or to the contact information of the operator.