Whatsapp allows Singapore users to pay businesses on app

Meta Inc’s messaging service Whatsapp is launching it online payment ability for businesses on the app in Singapore, after the launch in India and Brazil.

Meta partnered with Stripe to launch the feature, using Stripe Connect and Stripe Checkout solutions to make the in-app payments available online and offline.

Customers can pay businesses using credit cards, debit cards, or Singapore’s PayNow fund transfer system. Meta said that the feature is currently available for a few businesses only, with plans to expand the feature in the near future.

“Most people I know in Singapore use WhatsApp to chat with each other. Now, they can pay local businesses using the app as well,” Sarita Singh, regional head and managing director for Southeast Asia at Stripe, said in a statement.

The statement added “the speed and convenience of payments through WhatsApp will help businesses expand their revenue streams with new channels and access a wider customer base.”

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