Have you ever used Square, the service that lets you accept credit card payments directly on your mobile? It's a pretty satisfying experience to be able to take a payment from anywhere you are, especially for small business owners.

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Hey, look! It's that phone.

Not to let Square have all the fun, PayPal is now launching a similar service that it calls "PayPal Here." It's basically just like Square, though at first glance it seems that the app may be a bit more full-featured. Of course, we can't say how good the app is at the moment, since it's not yet available on Android (it's coming in April).

PayPal Here offers some nice features, such as instant access to the funds (they'll be in your PayPal account, naturally) and a low 2.7% transaction fee. The service is available today "exclusively to select merchants in the U.S, Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong," and should be more widely available next month.

For more information about PayPal Here and to sign up for notification of open availability, go here.


Cameron Summerson
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  • Freak4Dell

    Nice. As much as I hate PayPal, it's the easiest way for me to take payments, so this will work out better than Square for me.

  • Tim M

    Maybe they'll start fighting to lower transaction costs.

  • http://der5er.com Greg Epps

    When I saw this, I immediately thought of the Sabre Pyramid tablet:

  • Keith

    I like how they say a "low" 2.7% transaction fee

    2.7% is not low. EPS in Hong Kong charges 0.5%

  • puterdoc

    I have been using Intuits GoPayments for a while. Same low fees and just love it. No monthly fee is what got me, free phone swipe too. No surprise Paypal jumped in on it. Am hoping the competition helps too, but even my bank hasn't offered me better.

  • Tee

    So they didn't have a proper picture of their app? That's an *P*** to me, not an android device.

  • Rich

    Ha hahaha hahahahahahahahaha.... no.

    PayPal is quite possibly the worst company out there. I don't f@#king think so.

  • Philip Cohen

    And, just for a laugh, some analysis of "PayPal: The New Way To Pay In-Store", PayPal Digital Wallet, PayPal Debit MasterCard, PayPal Here, PayPal Local and Watch With eBay ...


    eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking

  • frafri

    whats the easiest way to pay on the spot??

    Google Wallet?
    Paypal ?
    NFC ?
    iBeacon ?