Monthly payments to get easier; Now, Paytm automates bill payment for OTT subscriptions, others

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Published: February 10, 2020 1:11:09 PM

Your monthly payments for subscriptions such as Netflix, Hotstar, along with other recurring bills and utility services can now be automated as digital payments platform Paytm has added a new feature for the same.

While Paytm already has the option of recurring payments via cards and bank accounts, the unicorn company aims to launch UPI as a mode of payment in the coming months. (Image: PTI)

Your monthly payments for subscriptions such as Netflix, Hotstar, along with other recurring bills and utility services can now be automated as digital payments platform Paytm has added a new feature for the same. “Users can set automatic payments for recurring use-cases including utility recharges, bill payments, content subscription, mutual fund investments, loan repayments, grocery purchases, membership fees, housing society payments among others,” the homegrown digital payments company said in a statement on Monday. Via this feature, Paytm users can also time their monthly payments and the same will be conducted automatically. The company looks to process about 1 crore subscription-based transactions in the coming six months. 

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While Paytm already has the option of recurring payments via cards and bank accounts using NPCI’s E-Mandate solution, the unicorn company aims to launch UPI as a mode of payment in the coming months. Also, with the new feature, payments can be settled using Paytm wallet. However, the company has capped the maximum amount for recurring payments via wallets at  Rs 2,000 for each transaction. 

To use this feature, Paytm users have to give one-time approval to the merchants for whom they want to automate payments on the platform. Other details such as merchant name, subscription start date, frequency of debit also need to be filled in at the time of creating the subscription. However, a user won’t need to provide details for subsequent payments. However, the company will notify the users a day before payment so that the user can avail out if the service is no longer required. 

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Speaking about the need for automation in recurring services, Puneet Jain, Senior Vice President- Paytm said: ”Rapid adoption of OTT platforms and digitization of use cases such as bill payments and financial investments is fuelling demand of subscription-based payments in the country”. 

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