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PayPal Launches Credit Card Reader in Australia

PayPal is launching its credit card reader in Australia that allows small businesses to accept in-person credit card payments with the help of their smartphones. Called PayPal Here, the service first launched in the U.S. in 2012 and several other countries as a response to Square.

Last year PayPal expanded the service to sellers Europe, but unlike the triangle-shaped PayPal Here card reader in the US, that card reader works with chip and PIN debit and credit cards used in Europe, unlike the swipe cards used in the U.S. PayPal also expanded the service to Japan last year with the help of SoftBank.

On Thursday, PayPal said it was taking PayPal Here to the next level by developing “a complete payments solution that enables businesses to focus more on their passions and less on payments.” Calling it the next generation of the service, PayPal Here for Australia consists of an app and Bluetooth device that turns a smartphone into a secure chip and PIN credit and debit card reader.

PayPal issued the announcement on its blog on Thursday in grand terms. “Our vision at PayPal is to enable any business, large and small, to easily accept payments, no matter where they may operate. We want to make Australia’s shift into a cashless society as seamless as possible, allowing Australian businesses to provide the best customer service possible with the technology available to them.”

More information is available on the PayPal Here Australia website.

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