Railway passengers can book / reserve their e-tickets from their cell phones instead of normal internet booking and taking print-outs. Named as 'm-ticket', the mobile phone supported ticket booking system, this facilitates Indian Railway passengers to book train ticket through mobile phones. They just need to carry the display ticket sent to their cell phones through an SMS. Passengers just need to show the SMS and need not carry any print out. You need to download the mobile ticketing application ngpay from Indian Railway new web portal www.indianrailways.gov.in OR www.indianrail.gov.in and should install it on the cell phone. 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.
After completion of m-ticket booking and related payment formalities, an SMS containing the m-ticket details will be sent to the user / passenger. 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 SMS services like PNR status, Trains Schedule, Time Table, Train Running Status etc for the convenience of passengers.
So, Indian Railway introduced the most simplest way for train ticket reservation, m-ticket. You can just reserve your Indian Railway journey ticket using SMS messages from your mobile phone. The Railway Department has taken this decision considering the wide spread use of mobile / cell phones in India. Now you can book your Railway Reservation Ticket through sending an SMS from your cell phone. All the SMS Services of Indian Railways are supported by leading mobile operators / network 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. The most common problem in e-ticket booking is debiting money from your account but ticket not booked. You mayl not loose your money as IRCTC is very prompt in repaying in such cases.
Procedure to book m-tickets through SMS: Following is the step by step procedure for M-Ticket Booking through SMS:
1. You need to be registered with the website www.indianrailways.gov.in OR www.irctc.co.in OR www.indianrail.gov.in and should have opted for mobile reservation services.
2. You should create minimum one Passenger List in your profile registered with IRCTC. This list will be used for the booking process through SMS.
3. The customer / passenger should have Mobile Banking services of ICICI Bank or any other banks recommended by the Railway Dept.
4. The customer should have a mobile connection with any one of the recognized / identified operators listed above
5. The complete process of '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.