The process would require the initial registration to start with and then the user can download the suitable software on the mobile handset with Internet facility. Following this, the passenger would receive a reservation message with full details of the ticket including PNR, train no, date of journey and class.
The booking charges through this process would be similar to e-tickets, where in Rs 10 would be charged for Sleeper class and Rs 20 for other higher class
All the rules applicable to e-tickets are also applicable to the reserved tickets booked through Mobile phones except that in this case, the passenger can also show the virtual message received on mobile instead of carrying ERS.
Meanwhile, prior to this, IRCTC has been providing the service of e-ticket on Internet, while the recently launched service would help the customers in booking e-ticket over the mobile phone. IRCTC's Mobile Rail Ticket booking services are based on the web services model developed by IRCTC in order to enable the users of Mobile Phones to access the web based rail ticket reservation and enquiry services similar to www.irctc.co.in.
“This virtual message would be treated at par with the print-out of the e-ticket which at present is taken out by the passengers and is known as Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS). Hence, with this virtual message, passengers would not be required to have a printer with them to take a print-out of e-ticket to be carried with them," said the statement released by the Railway Ministry.