Local search engine site Justdial, which last year launched its Search Plus service to support product or service sales for its vendors, is reportedly planning to add micropayments into the mix. Such smaller payments similarly would be supported by the platform, just as any online marketplace would handle transactions.
“There are lot of cases where people want to take micropayments or even otherwise want to order food from the restaurant and actually pay online,”
Justdial founder and chief VSS Mani said in a TechCircle.com article. The news report said that, while the India-based company already has U.S. and Canadian presence through a license with a privately held third party, it is looking to acquire the entity to expand internationally on its own. Justdial currently works with booking.com for international hotel stays through its U.S. and Canada site. Also in the U.S., the firm has formed partnerships such as with Fandango for movie tickets and Open Table for restaurant reservations, and it is planning to partner with Grub Hub for food ordering, according to TechCircle.
Parent Just Dial Ltd. started offering local search services in 1996 under the Justdial brand. Justdial's search service is available to users across multiple platforms, such as the Internet, mobile Internet, over the telephone (voice) and via text, according to its website. For 12 months ended March 31, Justdial says it had addressed 1.13 billion searches from millions of users across platforms. Among the company’s investors is Tiger Global Management LLC.