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PayPal Goes Mobile 103

Stitch_Surfs writes "PayPal has gone mobile. MobileCrunch breaks the news (with images) of PayPal's (un) surprising move onto mobile phones. According to the site, money can be sent,received and goods purchased all via PayPal from your mobile phone."
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PayPal Goes Mobile

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  • by snoozebutton ( 570866 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @10:19PM (#14977833)
    Info from the PayPal site, since there's only a screen capture at mobilecrunch:

    How do I activate my phone to send and receive mobile payments?
    You can activate your phone for use with PayPal by following these steps:

        Here's How:

    Go to []
    Click the Activate button.
    Log in to your PayPal account or sign up for a PayPal account.
    Select or add a phone and create a mobile PIN.
    Click Continue.
    PayPal will call and prompt you to enter your mobile PIN to confirm that you have possession of your phone.
  • by MasJ ( 594702 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @10:20PM (#14977839) Homepage
    Well, Paypal on the go sounds pretty good, it's an alternative to putting your credit card number in over a mobile network, and sounds much safer. However, how many people here feel that this would open up an entire audience of really susceptible users to phishing scams ?

    Wouldn't it be harder to spot a phishing scam over a mobile device considering that the display on a mobile is pretty limited in screen real estate ? On good ol' 'puters you can just move your mouse over the hyperlink and make out that it's a scam.
  • Um... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by AWhiteFlame ( 928642 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @10:27PM (#14977878) Homepage
    I don't recall ever having the need to pay something with credit card on my phone. If I'm there, and I have my phone, why not with a credit card? Its not like I'll be ebaying on an 1 1/2" screen... Am I missing something?
  • Re:Um... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by turg ( 19864 ) * <turg AT winston DOT org> on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @10:32PM (#14977899) Journal
    I think the idea is that you can use this to pay anyone (rather than just businesses who take credit cards).
  • by kwiqsilver ( 585008 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:35PM (#14978137)
    You can buy things today with your phone (like ring tones, wallpaper, etc). The problem is the phone carriers charge 20%-40%. Paypal charges a tenth of that, so the companies can either make more profit or lower their prices.
    Also, PayPal will allow you to buy all sorts of products, and it will handle the ordering, payment, and shipping, all you have to do is read the confirmation emails.

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