PayPal Broadens Scope and Availability of Mobile Payments
PayPal today announced several steps it has taken to expand its reach as a payment option within retail stores. First, the company announced that it has signed 15 new retailers to its program, including national chains such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Advance Auto Parts, American Eagle Outfitters, Barnes & Noble, Foot Locker, Guitar Center, Jamba Juice, JC Penney, Office Depot, Toys 'R' Us, and others. This represents a significant increase in its retail footprint. Previously it was available in 2,000 Home Depot stores. PayPal also announced deals with VeriFone and Equinox, which will integrate PayPal functionality into their payment terminals. PayPal believes its system is superior to those based on NFC because it doesn't require hardware upgrades and specially-equipped handsets.
Android Pay and PayPal Now Play Nice
Google's Android Pay service is now compatible with PayPal. The companies today announced that Android Pay users can opt to use their PayPal account as a source of funds when making tap-and-go payments at retail stores or on the web.
PayPal Reaches BlackBerry 10 Devices
PayPal has made a version of its mobile application available in the BlackBerry World app store for devices running BlackBerry OS 10.x. With this new app, PayPal is available to Android, BlackBerry, Fire OS, iOS, and Windows smartphones.
PayPal to Kill Off Its Windows Phone and BlackBerry Apps
PayPal today said it will sunset its Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon Fire Phone apps on June 30. After that date, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Fire Phone users will not be able to login to or use the Paypal mobile app.
Home Depot Looking to Ring Up Apple Pay
Home Depot hopes to offer Apple Pay to its customers following an upgrade of its in-store payment terminals. "It's something we'd like to do," said Home Depot spokesperson Steve Holmes to Bloomberg.