PayPal’s new mobile payments app may take the fight to Ripple

  • 17 July 2019, Wednesday, 15:40

Many big-league players have started sorting through improved alternatives for fiat and cryptocurrency transactions. Recently, PayPal followed suit by launching its own mobile payments app, Xoom, in an apparent attempt to compete with Ripple. PayPal catapulted its e-funds transfer service to compete with Ripple, its blockchain-based rival, in the crypto-transactions segment.

With Xoom, PayPal aims to re-define the traditional payment services sector by delivering faster and cheaper international transfers. The online payments services provider aspires to make transactions easy and more convenient than Ripple by charging lower transaction fees.

Further, Xoom will be opening its gates to users in 32 European countries, all of whom can send money to users across 130 countries worldwide. It is also important to note that PayPal already has a significant user base across the world, the scale of which can be used by the platform to leverage and boost the services afforded by Xoom.

Ripple has been at the forefront of revolutionizing cross-border payments across the world, affording users the opportunity to make transfers in a quick and seamless way. It is in light of this endeavour that Ripple has consistently focused on tying up with major banks and financial institutions. Ripple had recently made news when it formed a major strategic partnership with Moneygram. By launching Xoom, PayPal aims to position itself alongside other popular international remittance services.

To compete with Ripple, Xoom has partnered with major financial institutions to facilitate transfers of up to £8,800 pounds [$11,029] per transaction. For disrupting the crypto-market, PayPal will have to drop its transaction fee lower than Ripple, a step that will definitely will gather the attention of crypto-users.

If Xoom attains its desired goal, it will disrupt Ripple’s market share. Yet, it will be beneficial for users as a significant number of organizations are coming up with distinctive services blended with blockchain-based cross-border transaction options.