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Bump Pay lets users touch phones for wireless payments

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Thu March 29, 2012

Bump Pay brings personal payments to iOS

Bump has just released a new iOS app, Bump Pay (free, iTunes), that lets users transfer money between their PayPal accounts by simply touching their devices. Users just need to put in their PayPal account details, and enter the amount of money they want to send to another iOS device. No fees exist outside of the PayPal transaction and the needed credit card.

Users do have limitations, Bump warned. They can't create an account from within the app. The payments also need to be handled in person, and can't be collected later. Both iOS devices need to have the app installed, and it's compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod touches with iOS 5.0 or newer installed. Bump Pay doesn't require NFC hardware, relying on wireless networks instead.

PayPal used the Bump feature in its own app in 2010, but it dropped it from the newest version. Bump as a stand-alone app for sharing personal information has been comparatively popular.

by MacNN Staff



  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Anyone know how they implement this? There is no iOS API for "deviceHasBumpedAnotherDevice" and there are no sensors to detect contact with another iDevice.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: how?

    The same way other useless bump apps have worked, would be my guess.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: how?

    I would guess its the combination of the location, amount entered and the sensor that registers a drop or movement at the same time. Its custom programming that should be an API, i hope Apple buys the company and then implement this as a iOS feature.

  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cool, but

    Why the bumping? Why not simply allow me to enter in the amount and select the person from the local area (maybe using BlueTooth). That would be simpler than bumping phones together.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bumping... detected by the motion sensors in the phone. It's quite simple to detect a "bump" motion, which would be acceleration in a direction, then a sudden stop of motion, then an optional "recoil" motion. While there's no "deviceHasBumpedAnotherDevice" function call, one is easily written by the developers.

    In addition, bumping may go a step farther to ensure that the person you're transmitting with is the intended recipient by virtue of the fact that one phone in "sending" mode and another in "receiving" mode may encounter a synchronized "bump."

    Quite elegant, actually. Useless for a lot of stuff, and the novelty of "bumping" my contact information to another phone wore off after a day or two... but still, elegant. Much more so than scrolling through a list of nearby Bluetooth or WiFi devices (try this in the middle of Manhattan and tell me how many devices you need to scroll through) and ensuring you pick the right one.

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