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Reviewing the PayPal on Your iPhone: What You Can and Can't Do

written by: KateG•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 1/4/2010

If you spend a lot of time on the go and you do a lot of your transactions through Pay Pal then why not make life simple and deal with Pay Pal on your iPhone. This application may be able to help you to do just that.

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    The odds are that you are already familiar with the online payment service called PayPal. If you have ever wanted to be able to make your payments or just check your balance while you are on the go then this is the application for you.

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    What Can You Do with the Application?

    The PayPal mobile application lets you do most of the things that you can do with your normal PayPal account. You can take a look at your balance, you can make a payment to anyone in your contact list, and use quick pay to send money as easy as possible.

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    What You Can't Do With the App

    There are a few things that you can not do with your mobile Paypal. You cannot request any fund through the application, you can’t send money to your bank account, you can kiss your auction tools goodbye as well as your merchant tools should you happen to use them. While this may, at first glance, seem like a service deficit versus your computer version but for the most part you won’t miss the tools. The one glaring exception to this is the transfers to your bank account which would have been great for on the go shopping. Then again since a Paypal transfer can take a few days to get into your account this feature may have been left out to save shoppers from making the kinds of false assumptions that can put you into over draft.

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    While Paypal is available in 190 markets around the world, the Paypal application has a limited geography for now. You can use Paypal for you iPhone if you live in the following countries; United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia.

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    The PayPal for iPhone app is a free application. That means if you hate it you can just delete it with no loss since it was a freebie after all. My advice is if you are a Paypal user to give it a try.