Coinbase News: Coinbase suspends payments via UPI in India


The US-listed trading platform has disabled the UPI option on its application after NPCI issued a statement on April 7 that it was “not aware of any crypto exchange using UPI”.

Mumbai: US-based crypto trading Coinbase has disabled the option to buy cryptocurrencies using the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) in India on Sunday.

“Purchases with this payment method are temporarily unavailable,” Coinbase’s mobile application said.

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The world’s largest exchange, which announced its India entry through a big-bang event held in Bengaluru on April 7, had come under the National Payments Corporation of India’s (NPCI) scanner after it said it will allow users to purchase cryptocurrencies using UPI.

ET reported on April 9 that the company’s decision to allow clients to use (UPI) – a key digital payments railroad – for buying cryptocurrencies in India had come under regulatory scrutiny, as per sources directly briefed on the matter.

UPI is an instant real-time payment system developed by the NPCI to facilitate inter-bank transactions using a mobile phone. ” We are not aware of any crypto exchange using UPI,” NPCI had said in a statement on April 7.

Meanwhile, sources also told that fintech firm Mobikwik, which was facilitating cryptocurrency purchases through its wallet, had stopped the service amid the regulatory uncertainty. Mobikwik was one of the most used e-wallets for cryptocurrency transactions in India.
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Updated: 04/10/2022 — 09:00