paypal here mobile payment system
paypal here mobile payment system
mar 16, 2012

paypal here mobile payment system

‘paypal here’ mobile payment platform transforms smartphones into payment swipe-readers all images © fuseproject




bringing the company’s powerful online presence into the physical world, ‘paypal here‘ has just been released by paypal as a global mobile payment solutions, permitting clients to use their credit cards, checks, or paypal accounts to pay for services even at establishments without credit card readers. the system requires only the insertion of a small card-reader, designed by yves behar of fuseproject, into the audio jack of any iPhone or android smartphone. the system is encrypted and protected by the same risk management that paypal offers for its online services.


designed foremost for small businesses, including food carts and market vendors, ‘paypal here’ extends a 2.7% charge for transactions, while the card reader device and app themselves are free.

paypal here mobile payment system full view of the card reader, designed by yves behar / fuseproject




yves behar’s design and development process take into account both the functional and symbolic needs of the device. the increased surface area of the base of the triangle permits the accurate reading of swiped cards, with minimal superfluous material. the coloured layering of plastics also helps indicate the sliding surface  and thus the device’s function. furthermore, behar reveals in an interview with cliff kuang that he selected the form of an arrow because ‘it’s an ancient symbol that shows you that something is being done in the here and now.’


video demo of ‘paypal here’


paypal here mobile payment system the design of the system includes the physical device, app, packaging, and plans for use; special ‘paypal here’ stickers can be used to denote establishments that accept the payment

paypal here mobile payment system the efficient packaging for the card reader includes a window sticker and instructions

paypal here mobile payment system the device in use

  • PayPal Here is the first and most innovative mobile credit card reader to arrive in Canada for the Android or iThing. They have every right to claim “first”. Square isn’t here, and won’t be here, and I have to say, not a single complaint about my HERE device.

  • Square put phone-based credit card acceptance on the map. It was also the first to enable consumers to take cards directly. Ever since it went live in October 2010, Square has been the undisputed champion of the industry and the best its competitors could hope for was to keep up with its pace. However, the launch of PayPal Here has changed all that and Square has found itself for the first time in the unfamiliar position of being the second-best. For a more detailed analysis:

  • nice. clean. like all fuseproject work. much appreciated in this day and age.

  • sandra, I think everyone knows that.
    even the triangle design itself i’m betting is a play on square.
    and no one is saying ‘first , innovative’.
    but square has it’s own issues and the backing of paypal and this system seem like a better bet.

  • that’s a Square Rip off !!
    yes it’s useful but don’t go around saying “first , innovative , blah blah”

  • How is this not a good thing for small businesses that want an easy way to accept credit cards that pay right into their paypal account? I\’m being serious. What does Visa charge vendors? more than 2.7%?

  • woooooowwwww



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