With the latest version of BBM (10.10.6.28 on Blackberry 10) we are able to send and receive money with PayPal integration. To use this feature you will need a PayPal account, and either a balance in your account, or you will need a cash source connected to your PayPal account – a card, or bank account. This method is by far the easiest way to send and receive money in a hurry, prevents a trip to a bank or Western Union, and it’s Blackberry safe and secure.
Although most people usually associate Paypal with eBay, there are actually many places that accept PayPal payments. A few I use quite often are Starbucks, Netflix, my domain provider, eBay, Best Buy, newegg, WalMart, and the list goes on.
With all that in check, you are ready to send or receive money. For this demo I used a friend’s Z10 to receive the money I sent with my Z30.
First, select the contact you want to send money to, and select the PayPal icon on the Attachment screen.
Your next screen will allow you to select the amount you wish to send, as well as which currency to send, ie. CAD, USD, EUR, etc. Once you complete that and tap Next, you will have a confirmation screen before you complete the transaction:
When everything looks good, tap Send.
On the receiving BBM the following will be displayed:
And that’s all there is to it.
If you don’t use PayPal often and you just want to send a few dollars, keep in mind that the minimum to transfer from PayPal to your Bank Account is around $15.00. If this is a concern, I’d make it a habit to use $20.00 as the minimum (to cover any fees). If you use PayPal as much as I do there is a good chance you already have a balance there, and this won’t be an issue.
This is an excellent feature added to BBM, and the first time you use it in an emergency, you will thank yourself for having BBM. I also hope this feature remains free to use!