Mobile payments may have gained some ground in the States.. but in the U.K. it has yet to make its mark. It seems like PayPal wants to be ahead of the pack as the online payment service provider just launched the PayPal In-Store Android app. The app is available now on Google Play but only for UK PayPal members.
What’s rather odd about the PayPal In-Store app is that it does not use NFC technology but generates unique barcodes that are then assigned to each PayPal account. The app also uses a four-digit PIN for security purposes. This is pretty understandable since most PayPal customers are probably still using Android phones or tablets which are not NFC-capable.
PayPal’s In-App Store mobile payment app can now be used in some UK stores such as Oasis, Warehouse, Coast and Karen Millen. And PayPal promises to bring in more participating stores soon.
Wondering how the app works? Here goes the simple steps. Install the app first, proceed with your shopping spree, generate a unique barcode and number before you make a payment, and then show the barcode to the shop attendant. The shop assistant will then scan the barcode or enter the barcode into the cash register. Soon after, your PayPal account will be charged and you’ll get a transaction receipt.
Fast and simple, right? If you’re in the UK, hope that PayPal gets to enlist more shops to make this app more meaningful and worthy of your time and effort in installing it to your Android device.