City of Palo Alto now accepting 'Bling'

New way to pay utility bills and parking fees launched by Palo Alto startup

Palo Altans paying their utility bills or parking tickets at City Hall can now pull out some Bling instead of cash, checks or credit cards.

Launched by Palo Alto startup Bling Nation, Bling is a new payment method by which people attach a BlingTag microchip sticker to their cell phones, and money is withdrawn directly from their PayPal accounts.

City revenue-collection workers are each equipped with a "Blinger" terminal, which allows customers to tap their phones to pay, said Matt Murphy, Bling Nation general manager for the Pacific region.

Bling Nation introduced Palo Alto businesses and consumers to Bling in July.

In addition to Bling, residents are still able to pay the city with a traditional forms of payment or online.

People can also pay for parking permits using Bling, according to the city. In the future, residents may use Bling at the Palo Alto Golf Course, Palo Alto's public libraries and local museums, according to Bling Nation.

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm

If the City can take a PayPal proxy like Bling (who is dumb enough to leave a balance in PayPal?, ack!), maybe they could also accept Constitutional money.

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"make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;"


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Posted by bill
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I wonder where all these wonderful ideas come from? Oh, yes. It's when someone sees an opportunity to make money without providing a commodity. We already have several methods of payment using cards. Why do we need another one - except to pay a service charge to the card provider.

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