Paytm Introduces ‘Soundbox 2.0’ To Ease Payments Acceptance

With this IoT-based device, merchants do not need to keep checking their mobile phones for confirmation

Paytm Introduces ‘Soundbox 2.0’ To Ease Payments Acceptance
Paytm Introduces ‘Soundbox’ To Ease Payments Acceptance
PTI - 09 March 2021

Digital payments major Paytm on Tuesday launched a new version of its 'Soundbox' along with other solutions that ease acceptance of payments as part of its efforts to equip 50 lakh merchants with IoT (Internet of Things) enabled devices.

Paytm had recently announced that it has achieved over 1.2 billion monthly transactions led by the massive growth in offline payments and financial services.

The company has already facilitated payment acceptance via wallets, UPI, cards, and net-banking for over 2 crore merchants, thereby helping them grow their business exponentially, he added.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder, and CEO - Paytm said that the 'Soundbox' device has played a pivotal role in establishing digital transactions as a safe and secure mode of payments, enhancing the trust of businesses and consumers to move digitally.

With this IoT-based device, merchants do not need to keep checking their mobile phones for confirmation, increasing efficiency, and reducing queues and customer waiting time on the shop floor.

“The Soundbox 2.0 comes equipped with a digitally enabled screen that gives instant visual confirmation of the paid amount along with the voice-based response," he said.

Merchants can also use the device to fetch the payment summary for the entire day, and also notifies when it is running out of charge.

While the device supports five languages - English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, and Kannada, the company plans to add more regional languages, including Marathi, over the next few months.

Sharma said the company is exploring getting the devices manufactured in India. The devices are currently imported from Taiwan, China, and a few other countries.

Besides, Paytm's Smart POS for Android phone solutions empowers merchants to accept card payments through their smartphones. This application transforms a smartphone into a device that accepts debit and credit card payments just like a regular card machine.

Supported by Paytm, smart POS enables merchants to seamlessly start accepting contactless card payments anytime and anywhere.

Paytm's in-store payment offerings, including the pioneering All-in-One QR, are examples of the best 'Made in India' technology, Sharma added.

TR Ramachandran, Group Country Manager (India and South Asia) at Visa, said 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 per cent of Visa transactions outside of the US occurring with a tap.

Dilip Asbe, MD and CEO of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), said the vision of enabling a billion transactions a day can only be achieved if everyone comes together to help the ecosystem grow.

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