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March 21, 2014

PayPal brings restaurant smartphone payments to the U.K.


PayPal is bringing the ability to pay your restaurant bill via your smartphone either ahead of time or when you get your bill. This service is coming to international markets, starting with the U.K.

Among PayPal’s first U.K. customers are Wagamama, which started taking pre-orders through the app; Prezzo, which will bill your smartphone and even split bills digitally between customers; and Gourmet Burger Kitchen, which will let you pick up your order by merely flashing their PayPal profile picture.


PayPal said:

Our new services show that the way we pay for things on the high street is changing – and today you can now use our app to pay at over 2,000 UK high street shops and restaurants. We believe this announcement marks the biggest ever boost for mobile payments on the British high street. PayPal mobile payments are accepted at major high street stores, including Coast, Oasis, Warehouse, Karen Millen, Snow & Rock, Thomas Pink, Sole, Sole Trader, Revolution, Runners Need and Cycle Surgery and the JD Sports group.

We are also supporting restaurants and retailers with their own apps, including KFC, Greggs, Prezzo,PizzaExpress and many more.

Though PayPal is most known for its online peer-to-peer payments service, it’s been expanding into the many different facets of mobile payments: in-app commerce, point-of-sale credit card transactions, location-targeted deals and, most recently, the digital wallet. The new restaurant payment features don’t use Near-Field Communications (NFC) like new smartphone payment systems from Isis, Mastercard or Visa. Instead they just rely on an internet connection. PayPal is now accepted as tender in more than 2000 U.K. stores.



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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini