Want to ditch your actual phone and pay by simply typing in your mobile phone number? You can do it now at Home Depot (Fortune 500) and other large retailers that have teamed with , eBay's (Fortune 500) PayPal. ,
The new partnership lets you link your PayPal account with your phone, set up a PIN, and check out by keying your phone number in at the payment terminal.
The actual check-out experience -- I bought a Blue Diamond orchid for the CNNMoney office -- was a breeze. The problem was the set-up. You'll have to go into your PayPal account and enter in your mobile number. If the site already has the number on file, you have to specify that the number is mobile. When I tried to get all my details set, the site kept redirecting me. I finally had to call a representative, who helpfully walked me through the process.
Paying with just your phone number sounds a bit scary -- many people have mine on file-- but PayPal has a few safeguards built in. The first is the PIN. PayPal also sends a text message as soon as you make a payment. If someone is fraudulently using your account, you'll find out fast.
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