Tabbedout, a service that enables customers to open, view and pay a bar or restaurant tab with their mobile phone, has integrated PayPal into its app.
Texas-based start-up Tabbedout has developed free iPhone and Android apps that enable users to pay tabs at around 400 participating restaurants and bars using their handsets.
After downloading the app and enrolling with credit card details, users can find outlets that accept the app and get GPS directions. Once at a bar, customers open a tab in the app and are given a code to share with the server or bartender.
As soon as the tab is opened, Tabbedout securely encrypts the customer name and credit card number and sends it electronically to the restaurant or bar's point-of-sale system. When the customer wants to settle up, they can view the details, enter a tip, split the bill, select the card they want to use and hit pay tab.
The latest integration means customers have a new option, entering their PayPal username and password or PIN and mobile number to settle up, rather than using a card. PayPal integration will roll out in early March to select Tabbedout locations in Austin, Texas.
Scott Dunlap, VP, emerging opportunities, PayPal, says: "PayPal is enthusiastic about giving our consumers the choice to make payments any time, anywhere and in almost any way they want. Being offered within the Tabbedout mobile app is another way we're delivering consumers a fast, secure way to pay without ever pulling out their wallets."