Sachin Bansal’s Flipkart Pulls Out of Airtel Zero

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Flipkart CEO has come out in support of schemes like Airtel Zero that allow telcos to offer select internet services for free.Net Neutrality has become one of the most discussed topics on social networks in India recently, following the whole Airtel Zero fiasco. The other major brand that has come into the scopes of Net Neutrality advocates is e-commerce player Flipkart.Following a report suggesting that Flipkart is joining Airtel’s Zero app platform, company CEO Sachin Bansal has, for the first time, defended the company’s stand on zero rated apps on an open platform.

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Airtel on Monday launched a service called Airtel Zero. On the face of it, this looks like just a regular value added service from a telecom operator. It is meant for app developers and web service providers. The plan, as Airtel explains, is to allow app developers or web service providers to pay money to Airtel so that these apps and services can be accessed by Airtel users for free.

This means if an app pays money to Airtel, consumers on Airtel network will be able to use it without paying any data charges. For example, consumers who have Flipkart installed — Flipkart is rumoured to be a company paying Airtel money to be part of the Zero plan — will be able to access the app without paying data charge

According to a report by MediaNama, Flipkart has signed up with Airtel for the Zero platform and is paying the telecom operator Rs 1000/gb data transfer as part of the deal. However, both Airtel and Flipkart have refused to comment on the tie-up.

To protest against Flipkart’s move, some Indian Reddit users are also running a campaign where they’re asking users to give Flipkart and Airtel apps a 1 star rating in Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The thread also asks users to drop a line about Net Neutrality to get the company’s attention. A number of people have already left negative reviews as apparent from the app stores’ review listings for the apps.

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