PayPal’s revamped mobile app pushes proximity payments

PayPal’s revamped mobile app pushes proximity payments

09 SEP 2013

PayPal has updated its iOS and Android apps, in a move that demonstrates how much the company wants to push its credentials at the point-of-sale alongside its expertise in online payments.

“With the new design of the app, we’ve made it easier than ever for our customers to pay when they’re in-store and send money to friends,” said Hill Ferguson (pictured), vice president of global product, PayPal.

The app has a new tab called “Shop” which means users can find shops or restaurants nearby that accept PayPal payments.

The company has also integrated the app with its Bill Me Later feature so that users have an additional payment option on top of using their bank account or credit card.

By checking in on the new app, users can also order ahead and bypass the line at local restaurants and cafes. PayPal has struck an agreement so consumers can place orders at more than 1,000 Eat24 locations who work with the web-based. Other restaurants and cafes are “coming soon”, it said.

In addition, the new app enables users to check-in to view their bill on their handset in a restaurant before leaving a tip and paying their bill, all via the app.

Finally, PayPal will add offers to the app from local businesses so users can redeem them at checkout. At launch, $100 is available for consumers from local US businesses.

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Richard Handford

Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including...

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