BlackBerry, PayPal trial P2P payments via BBM; eyes global launch

BlackBerry, PayPal trial P2P payments via BBM; eyes global launch

13 AUG 2015

BlackBerry started a trial in Canada whereby users can send money to one another via the BBM app, with plans for more countries to follow.

The feature is available to BBM users in Canada with BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android devices.

In a Q&A on the BlackBerry blog, Matt Gromada, PayPal’s director of consumer product marketing, was asked if the intention is for a global rollout.

“Yes, it will be. We are rolling out the beta experience starting with select users in Canada, with more countries to follow shortly,” he said.

Users select the PayPal ‘Send Money’ icon in BBM and then connect to their existing PayPal account. The recipient of funds also needs to be a BBM user, and connect to their PayPal account.

Once set up, users select the PayPal icon in BBM, enter an amount of money, review the details, and then send.

Users do not need to have a PayPal app on their device, just a PayPal account.

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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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