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PayPal Teams Up With Burger King for Mobile Payment

PayPal is finally entering the mobile payment arena.

PayPal announced Monday a mobile app deal with Burger King. It missed out on McDonald's, as the king of fast food paired with Apple Pay. The PayPal payment service is expected to rollout early next year to more 13,000 Burger Kings and will be compatible on both iOS and Android devices via the Burger King app.

"We will be rolling out later this quarter across the United States to all locations, BK restaurant guests will be able to securely pay with PayPal by simply launching the app and when they select to pay with PayPal they will be prompted with a four digit pin to pay," Hill Ferguson, chief product officer at PayPal, wrote in a post.

In addition to the Burger King partnership, PayPal also announced the broader rollout of an option called Pay After Delivery, which lets customers pay for items up to two weeks after the date of purchase. That program lets shoppers inspect a delivered product before they pay for it, provided the item arrives within two weeks.

eBay recently announced plans to spin off PayPal into a separate publicly traded company in early 2015, potentially freeing up PayPal to be more aggressive with retail partnerships.

Apple Pay is Coming to Walgreens Soon

If you are waiting with bated breath to use Apple Pay, your wait is almost over.

According to MacRumors, an internal memo addressed to Walgreens employees preparing them for the upcoming launch of Apple Pay suggests that Apple's new payments service might be going live on Saturday, October 18.

Saturday does seem strange for a launch event, but since it is a shopping app, perhaps a Saturday makes sense.

In part, the internal memo reads: "In preparation for the launch of Apple Pay on October 18, we would like you to cover the following material," the memo states. "Walgreens will be one of the participating retailers and we want to make sure that all your team members are prepared..."

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UPDATE: However, although signs pointed to Saturday, October 18 for an Apple Pay launch at Walgreens, Saturday seemed a bit strange to us. So after the Columbus Day holiday, we found a store manager at a Walgreens in Long Island, NY who clarified the date of the Apple Pay launch. As it turns out, Saturday, October 18 will be the start of a live test run before the actual launch on Monday, October 20. Unfortunately for the folks that shop at the Walgreens-owned DUANEreade in New York City, we didn't get a definitive answer regarding whether you could use Apple Pay at DUANEreade on October 20.

Walgreens isn't the only retailer on the Apple Pay roll-out. Other merchants on the mobile payments system rollout schedule include: Macy's, McDonald's, Bloomingdale's, Disney Store, Walt Disney World Resort, Sephora, Staples, Subway, and Whole Foods Market. Stay tuned for rollout dates.

Now, tell us, hoopla aside, do you plan to use Apple Pay when it becomes available?


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