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eBay, PayPal Step Up Mobile Efforts

New partnerships seek to make mobile commerce more viable.

eBay and PayPal continue their drive into mobile commerce with several new partnerships and integrations that will make mobile commerce more viable.

  • eBay and Three.co.uk are collaborating to offer mobile devices that will be preloaded with eBay apps. Three is a leading mobile network provider in the U.K. The app is expected to make shopping more accessible to eBay consumers.

  • PayPal launched PayPal Carrier Payment Network, an effort to make mobile payments less costly for online merchants. According to David Marcus, PayPal’s vice president of Mobile, the initiative will revise standards and increase payout rates for merchants.

  • PayPal also has joined forces with Entradas.com, a ticketing company in Spain, and Yotel, a hotel and airport cabin service, to offer consumers the ability to purchase tickets or book rooms straight from their smartphones. The partnerships aim to make purchasing quick and easy for consumers. Entradas.com reports 15 percent of its sales have come from PayPal since its launch.

“Mobile commerce is changing the way people shop and pay, and the ways in which merchants of all sizes engage consumers,” says John Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay Inc. “Consumers are in control, and they want to shop anytime, anywhere. That creates opportunity.”

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Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown is a freelance writer who writes about e-commerce and small businesses. She recently graduated from Chico State with a journalism degree and is also a budding online entrepreneur, having launched two Web businesses and her own line of handmade products. Opinions expressed here may not be shared by The Online Seller and/or its principals.



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