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12:00 AM, August 03, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 03, 2010

Send SMS for train tickets

Railway passengers of Dhaka-Chittagong route now can buy tickets through an SMS of Banglalink, the second-largest cellphone operator.
Cellphone customers of other companies can also get the service from the company's 500 cash points. Train ticket seekers will have to text “TKET” to “1200” to purchase an electronic ticket. Once the SMS is sent to the designated number, the customer will be instructed for further procedure.
Another option to buy an e-ticket is to press *131# on the mobile keypad and enter a menu. The menu will generate windows in which the customer can input the travel information following prompts.
An SMS notification with ticket numbers will be sent to the customer, who must collect a paper ticket from the train station at least an hour prior to departure. The mobile phone service provider charges Tk 20 for each seat bought.
Initially, the e-ticketing service will be offered for the intercity trains leaving from Dhaka Kamalapur, airport and Chittagong train stations; and the service will be extended gradually.
Banglalink launched the service in association with CNS Ltd, a software-maker, and Bangladesh Railway. Earlier, Grameenphone launched the service under the name Mobitaka.
Md Shahjahan, joint director general of Bangladesh Railway, formally inaugurated the service at the Westin Hotel Dhaka yesterday.

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Grameenphone:
Type START <space> BR and send SMS it to 22222

Robi:
Type START <space> BR and send SMS it to 2222


Banglalink:
Type START <space> BR and send SMS it to 2225

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