In India, it is now impossible to buy content or pay for subscriptions in Apple’s online stores with a debit or credit card. The manufacturer recommends crediting an Apple account, by depositing funds from an iTunes card or a bank account.
It is, as we imagine, very handicapping in particular in the case of a subscription, it is necessary to think of correctly feeding its Apple account (there is an automatic recharge function).
For new users who create an account from an iPhone, for example, Apple will request full banking information. This support sheet dated April 18 confirms that certain transactions may not go through, which is why it is important that the Apple account is sufficiently populated.
Last October, the country’s central bank (RBI) introduced new rules for renewing subscriptions. Banks must now obtain authorization from their customers for this type of payment, made from a debit or credit card. From what we understand, the process is quite cumbersome.
Last year, Apple warned developers operating in India that transactions that did not meet these requirements would not be authorized by banks. The manufacturer strongly suggested promoting payment from Apple accounts.