Apple confirms it won't accept card payments in India, cites banking laws

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Users in India of the App Store and subscribers to services such as Apple Music now have to use the country's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) rather than credit or debit cards.

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The law change, approved by the Reserve Bank of India in October 2021, affects any recurring payment. Once enacted, the new legislation will require all such transactions to require approval before they can be completed.

Apple's consequent dropping of card payments in India was spotted on May 5, 2022. An Apple support page mentioned only that because of regulation changes, some transactions might be declined.

That support page has not been updated, but according to the Economic Times of India, Apple has confirmed that the change is permanent.

"In light of upcoming Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regulations, starting June 1," Apple told the publication, "credit and debit cards can no longer be used for purchases or subscriptions on the App store or other Apple services."

Users in India will now have to use the UPI service to load Apple Wallet with sufficient funds to pay for their subscriptions or purchases.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 2,942member
    The government of India is acting like a ghost, and should remember this: Laaton Ke Bhoot Baaton Se Nahi Maante.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    sreesree Posts: 145member
    The government of India is acting like a ghost, and should remember this: Laaton Ke Bhoot Baaton Se Nahi Maante.
    your comment makes no sense.
    darkvaderM68000crowleymuthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 3 of 7
    racerhomie3racerhomie3 Posts: 1,172member
    From what I heard most Indians already have UPI. They can use that to add credit to their apple account
  • Reply 4 of 7
    larryjwlarryjw Posts: 918member
    Expect the same issues in the US. The Federal Reserve is implementing FEDNOW which will make real-time transactions available 24x7. Also the proposed CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) will be another source of financial transactions. 
  • Reply 5 of 7
    lam92103lam92103 Posts: 74member
    This is amazing. Apple will now have to follow laws or be cut off from payments
  • Reply 6 of 7
    mdossmdoss Posts: 38member
    The government of India is acting like a ghost, and should remember this: Laaton Ke Bhoot Baaton Se Nahi Maante.
    Er... What does there bolded part mean?

    Cheers
  • Reply 7 of 7
    sreesree Posts: 145member
    mdoss said:
    The government of India is acting like a ghost, and should remember this: Laaton Ke Bhoot Baaton Se Nahi Maante.
    Er... What does there bolded part mean?

    Cheers
    It is a hindi proverb which literally translates to "The ghosts that need to be slapped, don't come around with just talks" (kinda means some people are too arrogant and don't come around until you use punitive action). 

    The problem is that even after you know that, the comment doesn't make much sense. Is he implying just because apple doesn't use cards the indian govt. will feel somehow punished and change their policies? That sounds like fanciful thinking.
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