When was WhatsApp launched in India

WhatsApp Pay starts in India: sending money via chat

WhatsApp Pay launches in India
Logo: WhatsApp, Montage: teltarif.de Users of the smartphone messenger WhatsApp in India will in future be able to send money directly in the app. In the meantime, a popular real-time payment system from a coalition of Indian banks has been integrated into the app, according to a message from the service belonging to the Facebook group.

WhatsApp is very popular in the country with 1.3 billion people and has more than 400 million users. That could help WhatsApp establish the new payment function. However, there are already a number of other payment apps in India such as Google Pay and Amazon Pay or the Indian counterpart Paytm, which Indians use to pay in small shops or in taxis. The mobile payment market in India could grow to $ 190 billion by 2023, according to the Indian government, citing estimates by the Credit Suisse bank. According to the Indian authorities, only slightly more than half of the population in the country are Internet users.

WhatsApp Pay launches in India
Logo: WhatsApp, Montage: teltarif.de India thus offers great growth potential for the Facebook group. This year, the company had acquired almost ten percent of Jio Platforms, a wireless communications and digital services company owned by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, for $ 5.7 billion. At the time, Facebook announced that the group wanted to digitize India's small and medium-sized companies with Jio.

WhatsApp Pay stopped again in Brazil

WhatsApp had already introduced the payment function in Brazil, but according to media reports it was asked by the local central bank to stop using it. In India, WhatsApp uses the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) payment system established there.

WhatsApp Business for Companies was launched in January 2018. This means that shops can also offer virtual shop windows or a help desk, for example. Some companies in Europe are already using these functions. However, India is one of the first countries to also offer a payment function.

In another message, we have already reported on how the WhatsApp Messenger can be cleared out in the future.