PayPal Launches Mobile Payments in Toronto

by Istvan Fekete on March 28, 2014

The race for customers is on, and PayPal wants its share of the developing Canadian mobile payment market. To answer the demand for a wallet-free life (according to a PayPal survey conducted in the country), the online payment service has announced that Torontonians will be the first to be able to leave their wallets at home and settle their bills with their smartphone using the PayPal app, at more than 50 of the city’s most popular cafés, restaurants, and food trucks.

Of course, there are certain requirements users have to meet in order to be able to pay with their PayPal account. First, they need to upload a selfie to the app and check-in to a location to pay. Then the cashier must identify the user via the selfie, and then the customer has to swipe right and pay. That’s it. Customers get an alert on their smartphone showing the amount paid and the usual email confirmation from PayPal, eliminating the need for a paper receipt.

“We’re thrilled to bring our innovation in mobile payments to Canada and help diners get a fast and secure bill payment experience on their smartphone,” said Kerry Reynolds, head of consumer marketing, PayPal Canada. “People don’t have to look for exact change to pay for their lunch, wait in line to punch in their card details, or print out coupons for a restaurant deal. With the PayPal app on their phone, Torontonians can now search for nearby restaurants, redeem exclusive offers and pay the bill securely at some of their favourite food places in the city.”

Most of the businesses accepting PayPal payments are located in Toronto’s west end, but they are spreading rapidly across the city. The participating businesses include Jimmy’s Coffee, Thor Espresso Bar, Café Novo, Zoe’s, Belly Busters on King Street West, Come and Get it, SpiritHouse, and Snakes & Lagers.

What’s more, users can add tips and tricks in the apps, and businesses can offer coupons that can be applied when paying. Also, customers who have multiple methods of paying attached to their PayPal account can switch between them.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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