For users of the chat app who have been patiently waiting for a payment gateway to be launched, then this is surely a good news. Mark Zuckerberg, today on his Facebook page, announced the availability of making payments via WhatsApp. But the sad news is that this feature is only available for WhatsApp Users in Brazil for now.
Mark’s statement reads as follows:
Today we’re starting to launch payments for people using WhatsApp in Brazil. We’re making sending and receiving money as easy as sharing photos. We’re also enabling small businesses to make sales right within WhatsApp.
To do this, we’re building on Facebook Pay, which provides a secure and consistent way to make payments across our apps. I want to thank all of our partners for making this possible. We’re working with local banks, including Banco do Brasil, Nubank, Sicredi as well as Cielo, the leading payments processor for merchants in Brazil.
Brazil is the first country where we’re widely rolling out payments in WhatsApp. More to come soon!
If you reside in Brazil, then this is definitely a good news.