Airtel ties up with HDFC Life to make insurance affordable and accessible for all  

Airtel’s Rs 249 prepaid bundle will come with Rs 4 lakh life cover from HDFC Life along with 2GB data, Unlimited Calls to any network and 100 SMS/day

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: May 13, 2019 4:45 PM

Bharti Airtel and HDFC Life Insurance have joined hands to leverage technology and the deep penetration of mobile services to build a financially secure India. 

Airtel has launched a prepaid bundle that will come with in-built life insurance cover (term plan) from HDFC Life Insurance. Airtel’s new Rs 249 prepaid bundle will come with Rs 4 lakh life cover from HDFC Life along with 2GB data, Unlimited Calls to any network and 100 SMS/day. The recharge is valid for 28 days and policy cover till recharge is active. A customer needs to enrol for the insurance after the first recharge through SMS, My Airtel App or Retailer. The insurance renews automatically for subsequent recharges.   

As per IRDAI, the insurance penetration in India is less than 4 per cent (of the population) while smart phones will account for 38 per cent of all networked devices by 2022. 
The policy, which is available to all customer aged 18-54 years, requires no paperwork or medical examination (the customer is only required to give a declaration of good health) and the policy or CoI will be instantaneously delivered digitally. A physical copy of the insurance can be provided on request. Airtel’s innovative prepaid bundle gives convenience to mobile customers with significant amount of data and a sizeable insurance protection at under Rs 9 per day. The entire process is digitally delivered in a matter of few minutes at any Airtel retail store or on MyAirtel app. 
Adarsh Nair, Chief Product Officer, Bharti Airtel said: “A telco is well positioned to provide the digital backbone to drive innovation and create value for consumers. This is a first among many powerful use cases that leverages the power of a telco to build a digitally enabled and financially inclusive India. Insurance adoption is abysmally low in India, including in urban areas. Price, access and convenience of payments are barriers to adoption. With this innovation, Airtel is removing those barriers for providing basic insurance to a very large set of India’s population and making the process extremely simple – just recharge your phone and you are insured. We are really excited to join forces with HDFC Life who share our vision of leveraging technology for the good of people and delight customers with meaningful innovation.”          
Commenting on the tie-up, Suresh Badami, Executive Director – HDFC Life, said, “At HDFC Life, we are constantly looking at creating eco-systems that enable us to improve our reach of insurance products. Two of India’s customer-centric brands have come together to offer this innovative product. I am confident that this tie-up is a great opportunity to make insurance accessible to every Indian. We will continue to create more awareness and bring solutions that help reduce the protection gap in India.” 

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