By Oscar Michel, Masters in Journalism, DCU

Skype users from 22 countries including Ireland can now send money from PayPal directly in their Skype mobile app.

When a bank transfer would take a couple of days, the money can now be sent “in the moment” to friends and family. PayPal is changing the money transfer technics by enabling users to send money in more places and with cutting edges solutions.

This new app is available in United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

Over the past year, they have partnered with Apple, Slack and Microsoft to enable peer-to-peer payments with PayPal and Venmo.

People are connecting online and on mobile by using voice command with Siri, chat with iMessage and Slack or even email via Microsoft’s

More than $7 million an hour is sent to family and friends globally through PayPal services.

“Today, we’re excited to announce that PayPal is now partnering with Skype to allow users in 22 countries to send money to other Skype users with PayPal via their Skype mobile app. With over one billion Skype mobile downloads to date globally, users will be able to use PayPal directly from their Skype app to seamlessly send money in the moment – like for a gift for a family member across the country or internationally” said John Kunze, VP of Global Consumer Product & Xoom, PayPal.

To send money, you’ll need to be using the latest version of the Skype mobile app, but the friend or family member who’s receiving the funds can be using any version of Skype. If you, or your friend who’s receiving the funds, don’t already have a PayPal account, you’ll be prompted to create one the first time you use Send Money.

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