Personal Features

Azimo

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Azimo gives individuals and businesses from across the EEA easy access to international money transfers.

What Azimo offers

  • International money transfers
  • Cash pick ups
  • Mobile wallet and mobile airtime top ups
  • Home delivery (only in the Philippines)
  • Payments to AliPay in China

What Azimo doesn’t offer

  • Account managers
  • Regular transfers
  • Travel cards
  • Currency hedging tools
  • Unique local multi-currency accounts
  • Digital wallets

PayPal

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PayPal provides different services for personal customers from a number of countries. However, the services on offer vary from one region to another.

What PayPal does

  • International money transfers.
  • Debit and prepaid cards.
  • PayPal Credit.
  • Links multiple payment methods to your account to shop online.
  • Digital wallet to hold funds in multiple currencies.

What PayPal doesn’t do

  • Dedicated account managers.
  • Risk management tools.
  • Cash pickup.

It’s a draw!

Both equally compare in the Personal Features category.

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Business Benefits

Azimo

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Azimo's services for business clients are limited to basic money transfer services. 

What Azimo for business offers 

  • International money transfers
  • Repeat transfers
  • Better rates for transfers over £1,000

What Azimo for business doesn't do

  • Business specialists
  • FX-optimized travel cards
  • Currency hedging tools
  • Digital wallets
  • Unique local multi-currency receiving accounts
  • Solutions for online sellers
  • Accounting integration

PayPal

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PayPal provides a range of specialized services for businesses from different countries.

What PayPal for business offers

  • Make and accept international payments.
  • Solutions for online sellers.
  • Digital wallet to hold funds and transact in multiple currencies.
  • Payment gateway to accept card payments.
  • Accepts in-store payments with a card reader and a smartphone or tablet.
  • Easy accounting integration through APIs, SDKs, code samples and pre-integrated solutions.
  • Risk management through fraud and seller protection.
  • Mass payments.

What PayPal for business doesn’t do

  • Account managers.
  • Currency hedging tools.

PayPal wins!

PayPal scores better in the Business Benefits category.

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Fees & Exchange Rates

Azimo

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Transfer fees - The Azimo transfer fee varies depending on the currencies involved, the mode of payment, the transfer method and the transfer amount. Additional fees are approximately €12 (or currency equivalent).

Cash pick up fees - Sending money to an Azimo cash pick up location is typically more expensive than transferring it to a bank account.

Credit / debit card payment fees - Payments made via bank transfers tend to be more affordable than credit/debit card payments.

Fee-free transfers - New personal customers get two fee-free transfers, and the number increases to five for new business customers.

Exchange rate margin - Azimo applies a margin on existing mid-market exchange rates, which can be between 1.5% and 2.25% depending on the currencies being traded.


PayPal

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PayPal fees vary based on where you live and the services on offer.

Fees for sending money within the US

Payment methodFees
PayPal Cash, PayPal Cash Plus or a linked bank account $0
Credit card, debit card or PayPal Credit2.9% of the transfer amount, plus a fixed fee

Fees for sending money overseas

Payment methodTransaction feesFunding fees
PayPal Cash, PayPal Cash Plus or a linked bank account 5% of the transfer amount (minimum of $0.99 and maximum of $4.99)$0
Credit card, debit card or PayPal Credit.5% of the transfer amount (minimum of $0.99 and maximum of $4.99)2.9% of the transfer amount plus a fixed fee

Fees for selling

Mode of sellingFees
Selling in the US2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction
Selling internationally4.4% plus a fixed fee based on the currency received
PayPal Here card reader2.7% for card swipes, or 3.5% plus $0.15 for manually entered transactions

PayPal exchange rates

PayPal adds a margin of up to 3% on existing mid-market rates when carrying out currency conversion. Combined with the fees you need to pay, the cost of sending money overseas through PayPal becomes rather prohibitive.


Azimo wins!

Azimo scores better in the Fees and Exchange Rates category.

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Ease of Use

Azimo

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Signing up - Register using the Azimo app or website.

Payment options -  Bank account transfers, debit cards, credit cards, SOFORT and iDEAL.

Speed - Up to 2 business days, although it can be more in some instances.

Multilingual website - Use the Azimo website in different European languages.

Mobile apps - Available for iOS and Android.


PayPal

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What PayPal does well

Sign up - Signing up takes little time, and you may do so by using the PayPal website or app.

Payment options - You can fund your account and transfers in different ways such as bank transfers, debit cards and credit cards.

PayPal app - The PayPal app is available for iOS and Android.
 

Where PayPal could improve

Phone transfers - PayPal customers can not send money over the phone.


PayPal wins!

PayPal scores better in the Ease of Use category.

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Support & Countries

Azimo

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Supported payment currencies - GBP, EUR, SEK, NOK, DKK, CHF and PLN.

Supported destination currencies - Carries out transfers in more than 60 currencies.

Customer support - Multilingual support provided via email and chat.


PayPal

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What PayPal does well

Supported countries - PayPal provides its services in more than 200 countries and territories.

Multilingual website - You can use the PayPal website in different languages.
 

Where PayPal could improve

Local phone support - PayPal could do better by providing local phone support in countries with large customer bases.


Azimo wins!

Azimo scores better in the Support and Countries category.

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Trust & Transparency

Azimo

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Regulation - Regulated by financial regulatory bodies in the UK and the Netherlands.

Customer service - Gets a rating of Excellent on Trustpilot. However, there are reviews by customers that complain about not getting adequate customer care.

Exchange rate transparency - Azimo does not have a transparent fee structure. The margin on existing exchange rates can exceed 2% for some currencies.


PayPal

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What PayPal does well

  • PayPal is licensed to provide its services in all the regions in which it operates.
  • Dispute resolution and purchase protection for buyers.

Where PayPal could improve

Customer rating - PayPal gets a rating of Bad on Trustpilot. Several PayPal reviews written by customers highlight the company's poor customer service. None of the recent reviews have been answered by PayPal.

Exchange rate transparency - The non-transparent exchange rate margin leaves many customers wondering about the true cost of their transfers.


Azimo wins!

Azimo scores better in the Trust and Transparency category.

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The Result

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 PayPal

Paypal wins by a point.  While they tie on Personal Features neither does well in the Fees and Exchange Rates category as they do not have competitive rates.