PayPal has introduced PayPal here, a new service that offers businesses a cheap way of processing credit cards. The service includes a free card processing app and a free triangularly-shaped card reader that connects to most Android and iOS based cell phones. The device enables small businesses to swipe a credit card at any location where you have an Internet connection. PayPal aims to undercut competitors with a universal 2.7 percent transaction fee, without monthly fees nor hidden costs.
Although hardly a new concept, PayPal intends to rock the boat with a lower transaction fee than its competition. The company is keeping things simple with no monthly fees and a universal 2.7% transaction fee. This means no matter what card you swipe -- even American Express -- you'll be charged exactly 2.7% of the total.
Currently, mobile card processing pioneer Square, charges a universal 2.75% transaction fee. Another major player, Intuit's GoPayment, charges 2.7% per transaction but has higher fees for American Express.
PayPal Here will be available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Hong Kong. It still hasn't launched yet, but a handful of companies are said to be testing it.