Digital payments major Paytm on Tuesday said it will let merchants use smartphones to accept near field communication (NFC)-based debit and credit card payments through its ‘Paytm Smart POS’ for Android phones.
Enabling the soft-point-of-sale model, through ‘Paytm for Business App’, the application transforms a merchant’s smartphone into a device that accepts card payments just like a physical point-of-sale machine. Merchants can start collecting payments from their customers by tapping the card on the back of their smartphones.
Software Point of Sale or SoftPoS is a technology which allows customers to pay through NFC enabled cards by tapping on the merchant’s smartphone directly without need of any additional software or devices.
Paytm’s Smart POS offering will also support more than 10 local languages. Through pilots, the company has already scaled its soft-PoS service to close to 150 cities in the country.
The company has also announced an upgraded version of its Soundbox offering, which is an instant voice-based confirmation device when a merchant receives payments. With the launch of Soundbox 2.0, the new device comes equipped with a digitally enabled screen that gives instant visual confirmation of the paid amount along with the voice-based response.
The device will be equipped with a QR code in the front, and will also provide merchants voice-based summary of the total payments and amount received by merchants at the end of the day.
Compared to the first version, Soundbox 2.0 will cost a merchant an upfront device fee of ₹750 and a monthly subscription fee of ₹150. Paytm will also be launching an upgradaded plan for previous users of Soundbox.
“Paytm is committed to bringing new-age financial technologies and services to 5 crore small and micro-merchants in India. Today’s launch of Soundbox 2.0 and Smart POS for Android phones expands opportunities for small businesses to experience these latest technologies at the most affordable price. Our in-store payment offerings including the pioneering All-in-One QR are examples of the best Made in India technology,” said Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and chief executive of Paytm.
Paytm which has close to 20 million merchants, across 250 cities accepting payments from its platform, now plans to spread the reach of its payment hardware and software devices to close to 5 million, in the next few years.
“Contactless payments or tapping to pay with a contactless card or mobile device, have fast emerged as the preferred way to pay globally with nearly 60 percent of Visa transactions outside of the U.S. occurring with a tap. Paytm’s foray into the contactless card payment ecosystem will truly help propel the adoption and usage of contactless cards across India,” said TR Ramachandran, group country manager, India and South Asia, Visa.
At present, Paytm has close to 328 million wallet users and 145 million unified payments interface (UPI) handles. While Paytm Payments Bank has close to 64 million bank accounts.
This article was first published on livemint.com.