WhatsApp testing digital payments in India

Published: February 10, 2018
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WhatsApp has launched the beta version of its app that allows the users to make payments.
PHOTO: REUTERS

WhatsApp has launched the beta version of its app that allows the users to make payments. PHOTO: REUTERS

WhatsApp has now released a beta version of its app that allows peer-to-peer digital payments.

TechCrunch reported that the launch took place in India later confirmed by WhatsApp Beta’s Twitter account.

Through this new feature, the user can make payments using the different banks listed in its options.

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The user must verify their number via SMS and choose a bank. The option of making a payment is available on the main interface where the other media sharing options show up.

India’s huge market audience for the messaging app is probably why the beta version was launched there first.

Recently, WhatsApp revealed the Q4 earning announcing that the company reached a milestone of 1.5 billion active monthly users with 60 billion messages being sent daily.

Fans took to Twitter to show their excitement and happiness at the launch.

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While one user even shared screenshots of how it worked which were compiled by WABetaInfo.

The Beta version is available for both iOS and Android.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Lilly
    Feb 10, 2018 - 1:50PM

    A nation that banned Padman and don’t want to discuss this social stigma has no capability to use whatsapp payments. Recommend

  • Insaaf Hussain
    Feb 10, 2018 - 9:57PM

    @Lilly: How is menstruation a social stigma ?? In any case, the idea of electronic payments is a good one. No need to carry cash around and no need to be afraid of pick pockets or losing your money. Its only the rich and politicians who worry about hiding their money from the tax man and therefore will resist electronic payments which disclose their bank accounts to the tax man, others have nothing to worry.Recommend

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