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Uber Announces New PayPal Payment Option

by Brandon Russell | November 19, 2013November 19, 2013 10:00 pm PST

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Uber on Tuesday announced a partnership with PayPal, allowing users of the on-demand car service to pay directly through the e-commerce business. The new feature was introduced in updated iOS and Android apps, with support in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.S. As an incentive to start drawing interest in both Uber and PayPal’s Internet service, users can get $15 off rides paid through PayPal until Nov. 28. The newly launched integration is meant to supplement Uber’s credit card and Google Wallet support.

The move, according to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, is meant to help the on-demand car service expand. “We are rolling out all over the world,” Kalnick said. “We need to address the way people pay in different places.” Meanwhile, PayPal CEO David Marcus explained that the partnership is beneficial to PayPal because it helps expand the company’s reach in mobile, where it’s currently trying to push a PayPal Mobile app.

Kalanick said Uber wanted to integrate another payment option because there are markets where credit cards are not quite as widespread. PayPal is a respected and well-known global brand, so the recognition alone will likely establish more interest; it’s a win-win for both parties involved, and customers, too. In a market such as Germany, where credit card use apparently isn’t the main payment method, PayPal support can definitely come in handy; Google Wallet is certainly an alternative, and Kalanick feels his service needs to support as many methods as possible to ensure the best customer experience.

If you’re a frequent Uber user, and have a PayPal account, you can update your app now to start using the new feature. In the past few months, Uber has begun expanding to more markets around the world, including Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and more.

CNET

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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