PayPal demos mobile NFC payments

Summary:The financial services company has said it will begin supporting near-field communication payments on phones, allowing people to transfer funds by 'bumping' their phones together

PayPal announced on Wednesday that it will begin supporting peer-to-peer payments to allow its customers to pay each other directly via their mobile phones.

PayPal NFC payment

PayPal is to support near-field communication (NFC) mobile payments. Photo credit:

The scheme uses near-field communication (NFC) technology to allow a device to transfer payment directly to another. The eBay-owned company demonstrated its new NFC-enabled widget for Google Android smartphones at the MobileBeat 2011 conference in San Francisco by "bumping" two Samsung Nexus S handsets together.

The company says it will roll out the feature "late this summer".

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Topics: Mobility


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