Skype and PayPal have collaborated to make p2p payment easier for users in 22 countries across the world. The two companies announced the new partnership on their respective blogs on Wednesday.
“At Skype, we work to make your life easier and more efficient. That’s why we developed Send Money, a Skype feature that allows you to transfer funds via the latest Skype mobile app while you’re in the middle of a conversation using PayPal,” Skype wrote in a blog post.
The new payment feature that will be rolled out in United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain, will be available to Skype customers on the latest version of Skype for iOS and Android mobile devices.
“Today, we’re excited to announce that PayPal is now partnering with Skype to allow users in 22 countries to send money to other Skype users with PayPal via their Skype mobile app,” John Kunze, VP, Global Consumer Product & Xoom, PayPal said in a blog post.
With the new feature, users in those countries can send and receive money from friends and loved ones without leaving the app. This can be done even during conversation. You can use your mobile phone by simply swiping right, and tapping the “Send Money button, and the transfer process will be completed.
As a first time user of the “Send Money” feature, Skype will require that you confirm your location. If the feature [Send Money] is available in your location, you will be required to link your PayPal account to your Skype profile. Your transaction won’t take more than a couple of minutes as PayPal will be responsible for completing the process.
If a user who resides in the US wants to send money to a friend in a supported country in Europe, the Send Money feature allows payment to be made in Euros.
You will, however, need to install or upgrade to the latest version of the Skype mobile app to use the new feature. Your friends [recipients] don’t necessarily have to install the latest version of Skype to receive money from you. However, they [your friends] must have a PayPal account to be able to receive money via Skype’s latest Send Money feature.
In recent months, PayPal has been spreading its tentacles—moving into new areas in order to remain the number one p2p payment platform on the lips of people globally. Last October, PayPal partnered with Facebook to enable p2p payment on Messenger. The feature allows select users in the US to easily link their PayPal and Messenger accounts. Users will also be able to receive payment alerts directly within the Messenger app.
When you shop online, you can easily make your payment with PayPal in addition to other available options, and also receive notification. PayPal had earlier struck partnership with MasterCard, Alibaba, Visa and Vodafone.
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