Smart launches Chikka TopApp for Global Pasaload
Now this is pretty interesting — Smart has launched an Netphone/Android App called Chikka TopApp that allows for international PasaLoad.
We’re all to familiar with how Pasaload works. The Chikka TopApp works the same way — only that your husband or grandma from the US can now send you load credits straight from their phone abroad, even if their on a different network –say AT&T or T-Mobile.
The Chikka TopApp is the world’s first Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) application which will eventually allow subscribers from foreign mobile networks to transfer prepaid credits to a Smart subscriber.
Instead of being charged via credit card or via an online payment account, the corresponding amount will be deducted directly from the sender’s load wallet or charged to the postpaid account.
Chikka TopApp was made possible by a new Network Application Programming Interface (NAPI) which was exposed by Smart to developers worldwide via WAC.
The NAPI allows developers to bill users through WAC without having to connect separately with each mobile operator’s billing system.
The app is available for download via the Google Android Market and looks like this. Pretty simple and easy to use actually. I believe Chikka also has a Send Load Widget already in the Market for some time now.
Of course, the corresponding carrier will also need to deploy the app from their subscribers end (this is where WAC comes in).
For the meantime, those who installed the app using their roaming account (postpaid or prepaid) can send Pasaload anytime, anywhere.
You can get the app from Android Market here.