Almost 1 mn people 'testing' WhatsApp payments service in India

Almost one million people in India are 'testing' WhatsApp's payments service, and the company is working with the Indian government, NPCI and multiple banks to further expand the feature to more users, a company official said.

WhatsApp payment service, which rivals the likes of Paytm, has been in beta testing over the last few months.

The Facebook-owned company hasn't yet announced a launch date but industry watchers expect it to happen in the next few weeks.

"Today, almost one million people are testing WhatsApp payments in India. The feedback has been very positive, and people enjoy the convenience of sending money as simple and securely as sending messages," a WhatsApp spokesperson told.

The spokesperson added that WhatsApp is working closely with the Indian government, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and multiple banks, including payment service providers, to expand the feature to more people and support India's digital economy.

WhatsApp had received permission from NPCI to tie up with banks to facilitate financial transactions via Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

The Reserve Bank of India has mandated all payment system operators to ensure that data related to payments is stored only in India giving firms six months to comply with it.

(Agencies)