PayPal Australia has launched the next generation of PayPal Here, an app and bluetooth device combination that enables Australian business signed up to PayPal Here to take transactions from Chip & PIN enabled credit and debit cards, wherever their business might take them.
The new PayPal Here Chip & PIN card reader wireless connects to any Android or iOS devices through the Bluetooth technology in (basically) all mobile and tablet devices. The reader has been specifically designed for Australia, where chip and PIN has been widely adopted and will soon be mandated across ATMs, cards, and payments terminals.
Andrew Rechtman, senior director of SMB, retail and strategy at PayPal Australia said:
Today’s shopfront is increasingly mobile with consumers embracing this trend and no longer expecting to have to travel to a shop for everyday goods and services. This is why we’ve developed the new PayPal Here – to give businesses the flexibility to be more mobile, without being hampered by logistical challenges that technology can easily overcome.
At PayPal our vision is to let people pay anywhere, anytime on any type of connected device. With the new PayPal Here, we’re able to provide a mobile payments solution to suit the needs of any Australian small business, by empowering them with more opportunities to connect conveniently with consumers, no matter how they want to pay.”
PayPal Here Chip and PIN is fully encrypted to help protect card information (which is quite important this day and age) and the service is backed by PayPal’s world class security, risk, and fraud management systems, ensuring that businesses can take multiple forms of payments safely and securely.
Businesses can register their interest to receive the PayPal Here device at www.paypal.com.au/here, with the device to be generally available later in 2014. No official date has yet been set, but it would be worth registering your interest today if only to find out more.