Pay By Reliance Jio UPI-Powered Payment Process
Reliance Jioannounced its entrance in the UPI-powered payment space. It offered this facility to over 370 million customers through an app update. Available only to selected customers in the beginning, Jio’s UPI payment facility will soon be available for others.
Reliance Jio’s UPI-payment facility
Mukesh Ambani led telecom company is eying into the flourishing market of UPI-payment. Presently this market is ruled by Google Pay, PhonePe, Paytm and several others. Jio would be the first in the telecom companies and second in payment banks to start UPI-payment service. It already has a wallet service called JioMoney. The UPI option has been integrated in the main app MyJio and it works similar to others.
Users will be asked to sign up to get virtual payment address (VPA) with UPI handle @Jio. They would require providing their mobile numbers and debit card numbers attached with their bank accounts for generating UPI PIN. It is anticipated that the new service would be rolled out with the brand name JioPay. Presently Reliance provides autopay facility under JioPay. Under this service, the users are allowed to recharge their phone numbers five-days in advance before their recharges are due or after exhausting 90% data.
WhatsApp working on UPI-payment
The Facebook-owned instant messenger has been in talks with the government to launch its payment service but it is yet to receive a nod from NPCI. There is uncertainty over data localization and other regulatory hurdles. UPI-payment space has grown 3x in 2019 and the battle is expected to further intensify with entrance of new players including Jio and WhatsApp.