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Sending a Skype user money through PayPal
From within the Skype client, there’s a new choice among the forms of communication that a Skype user can initiate with a contact. In addition to being able to chat, make a VoIP call, send files and other contacting information, Skype users can now elect to send another Skype user money via PayPal. Skype and PayPal are both subsidiaries of eBay. So, now, we’re beginning to see the bigger picture come together at eBay.
Associating the Skype client with a PayPal account
Once you elect to send money to another Skype user, you must either establish a new account on PayPal or access an existing one. Right now, there isn’t a common identity management system whereby being logged into Skype also means being logged into PayPal. That’s good because you wouldn’t want someone who manages to gain access to your computer to begin sending money to people.
Supply PayPal credentials to Skype
Once you have an account on PayPal, you must supply that account’s login credentials to Skype. Notice how the title bar refers to Skype? What’s being shown here is how everything takes place within the context of the Skype client. There’s no need to leave the Skype client and enter PayPal’s Web-based interface.
Picking a Skype contact to send money to.
Once you’re logged in, from a drop down list, you can also pick any of your existing Skype contacts to send money to. Once you pick the recipent, then you enter the other specifics (amount, currency, and a message).
Skype user is notified of inbound funds
Once money is sent to a Skype contact, that contact is notified directly in the Skype client that money has been sent to them, how much, and by whom. If the recipient doesn’t have a PayPal account, they will be asked to establish one before they can take receipt of the funds. Once they establish one though (and once they log into it through the Skype client), then, from that point forward, sent funds are automatically routed to the Skype user’s PayPal account (which means they don’t need the Skype client to act as intermediary to manage the routing).