PayPal 2.0

I have been using PayPal for last few years but hardly notice any user interface improvements. There are many alternative Payment processing services but nothing comes close to PayPal’s universal presence. While some are good, they are best only for the US market. So, if there is ever a PayPal 2.0, I wish it has the following features:

* One click withdrawals. After Indian government enforced strict regulations for PayPal, money withdrawal is the only reason I login to PayPal. Right now, it takes 4 clicks to withdraw the money though every time I follow the same procedure? Why can’t PayPal remember my withdrawal preferences?

* An android app or at least mobile version.

* Improved search based on payment amount, sender name.

* SMS alerts on receiving / transferring payments.

What are the features that you would like to see in PayPal?


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