Vodafone to offer contactless payments from a PayPal account

paypal_vodafoneVodafone and PayPal have just announced a partnership that will allow Vodafone Pay users to link to their PayPal accounts and then make payments throughout the UK. After linking their payment card or PayPal account to the app, Vodafone customers can now use Vodafone Pay to purchase goods and services by tapping their smartphone at more than 400,000 places across the United Kingdom that accept contactless payments.

Vodafone’s Wallet app has given users the ability to pay for items through Vodafone Pay and the NFC abilities of their phone for more than a year; users only needed to add their credit or debit card details during set-up. And those with a special, free Vodafone NFC-enabled SIM in their devices could even pay for items up to £30 in value with the phone off or out of battery.

Now the same service is open to PayPal accounts. Users can assign their PayPal account to Vodafone Wallet and purchase items using PayPal. All the users have to do is add their username and password to the app. “Our customers told us that being able to use PayPal when making mobile payments was important to them so we’re delighted to now offer this on Vodafone Pay,” said Kate Wright, Vodafone UK’s head of consumer services.

Vodafone Pay customers will also be able to use the service to pay to travel across the Transport for London (TfL) network as well as on National Rail services in and around London that accept Contactless and Oyster. Growing take-up of the technology means one in 10 of all United Kingdom contactless transactions are now made on TfL’s network, making it one of the largest contactless merchants worldwide with more 600 million journeys paid for using the technology.

That means Vodafone customers with Android handsets can pay for Tube or bus rides in London, with fees charged to their PayPal accounts. The service can also be used in all stores that also accept contactless payments globally. Rob Harper, Director of Mobile Commerce, PayPal UK, commented, “Money is going digital, and the smartphone is at the centre of this transformation”.

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