What prompted Paytm to roll back 2% fee on wallet top-up via credit cards?

Paytm E-Commerce set to raise $252 mn in round led by AlibabaIndia’s top digital wallet Paytm on Thursday reversed the 2% levy on top-ups via credit cards it had introduced a day earlier, saying it was doing so keeping users’ convenience in mind and that it would instead put in place new mechanisms to check misuse. “We are conscious that this move caused inconvenience to a […]

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Why Paytm levied 2% fee on recharge via credit card, and MobiKwik latched on

For-E-payments-Infra-2_ThinkstockPhotos-505770038India’s mobile wallet companies have a knack for being in the news. Just a day after Vijay Shekhar Sharma-led market leader Paytm said it will levy 2% fee for adding money to the wallet using credit cards, arch-rival MobiKwik has announced that it will continue to offer “free” uploading of money to its wallet, including […]

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Anil Ambani’s Reliance Capital sells its stake in Paytm for $41 mn

paytm_tc_feAnil Ambani-controlled Reliance Capital Ltd has sold its nearly 1% stake in digital wallet company Paytm for Rs 275 crore ($41 million) to China’s Alibaba Group, a report by Press Trust of India stated, citing unnamed sources. Reliance Capital had put in Rs 10 crore for its investment in the wallet firm. Besides, the financial […]

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PayU to widen fintech play, bets on cross-border payments, offline business

PayU to widen fintech play, bets on cross-border payments, offline businessNaspers-owned payments gateway PayU India is betting big on the fintech space in India. While its primary focus will be on payments, particularly cross-border payments, it is also entering the credit business and offline space. In an interaction with VCCircle, PayU co-founder and chief operating officer Shailaz Nag said that the Gurgaon-based company plans to […]

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Paytm bets $89 mn on QR code payment system

20161020_AK_Paytm-Head-Office-009Digital wallet firm Paytm, operated by One97 Communications Ltd, plans to invest Rs 600 crore ($89 million) to develop a QR code-based payments solution, several media reports stated. The company, which plans to train 10 million merchants to accept digital payments across 650 districts by the end of this year, will use the investment to […]

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Reliance Capital looking to sell its 1% stake in Paytm for $50-60 mn

Sell_think_feAnil Ambani-controlled Reliance Capital Ltd is reportedly in talks to sell its 1% stake in digital payments firm Paytm as it looks to trim its proprietary investment portfolio and monetise non-core assets. Press Trust of India reported, citing some people in the know of things, that the company was planning to raise Rs 335-402 crore […]

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Why a potential Snapdeal-Paytm merger makes perfect sense

For-MoEngage-Story-TC_ThinkstockPhotos-497374711_feWill they? Won’t they? Rumours come and go, but those around India’s third-largest e-commerce company Snapdeal’s merger refuse to die down, even though the suitors keep changing. For instance, not too long ago, the Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd-run company was in the news for exploring a potential merger with India’s biggest e-commerce player Flipkart. This […]

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How payments firm Oxigen is charting a different route to growth

Sunil-Kulkarni-_fePayment services provider Oxigen Services India Pvt Ltd plans to strengthen its core offline business and expand its digital offerings, as it looks to grow steadily and without burning a hole in its pockets. The company, majority-owned by South Africa’s Blue Label Telecoms Ltd, also aims to tap into more corporate clients and use its […]

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Will abundant cash supply poop the m-wallet party?

Mobile-wallet_feWithout a doubt, digital wallets have been the biggest beneficiary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s November move to scrap high-value banknotes. The resultant cash crunch brought thousands of borderline and non-users into the ecosystem, something that would have otherwise taken a few quarters. Data on payment systems released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) […]

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Paytm’s Sharma, Mahesh Murthy on cloud 9 as Musk hints at summer launch for Tesla

It was just a 23-character tweet. But it came from Elon Musk, the maverick founder of electric vehicles giant Tesla Motors. And it was enough to leave the poster boys of India’s startup community euphoric. In response to a question from an apparent Tesla fan, who asked, “eagerly waiting for Tesla to launch in India. […]

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