Earlier this year, Telegram launched a new feature where bots can now accept payments from users via third party services such as Stripe. When bot payments launched in May, the only payment partner was Stripe, but since then Yandex.Money and Paycom joined the roster. Today, Telegram announced that Paymentwall has jumped on board too, which is significant because it is available in more than 200 countries.
Paymentwall is not the only provider to have been added this month; support for Yandex.Money and Paycom was added at the beginning of the month too:
- Paymentwall is a global provider that works in more than 200 countries
- Yandex.Money is a popular service in Russia
- Paycom is popular in Uzbekistan
We could see three more partners get on board in the near future. In a blog post from a month ago, Telegram wrote:
“This is just the beginning. In the next few days, payments will become available for developers in India via Razorpay, in Russia Qiwi will be joining the club a little later. For Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and Uganda we will connect Flutterwave soon.”
It has taken more than a few days for Razorpay to become available in Telegram so the parties could have run into a snag; hopefully, they'll get added in due course.
Payments between users aren't integrated into Telegram, right now it's limited to bot-user interactions. Telegram hasn't made any announcements pertaining to user-user payments but if would be a nifty feature to implement given most of the infrastructure exists now.