GroupMe Updates App With Ability to Split Costs and Collect Payments from Friends

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    GroupMe today updated their group chat app to version 4.1, adding a gallery view and a feature called Split, which allows users to split costs and collect money from their group.

    The company detailed potential uses for the feature on its blog:

    Although the person who creates the Split is not subject to any fees, contributors to the Split will have to pay a 4% fee plus $0.99, which covers credit card processing fees and a small GroupMe convenience charge. However, GroupMe is waiving the fees from today, March 7, until the end of SxSW Interactive on March 12.

    GroupMe is a universal app that's available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: GroupMe Updates App With Ability to Split Costs and Collect Payments from Friends
  2. komodrone macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    I can't wait to see what other apps Macrumors is going to report on!
  3. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Split their example "Birthday Cake" 4 ways. The three people chipping in have to pay $45/4 * 1.04 + $0.99 = $11.25 * 1.04 + $0.99 = $12.69.

    GroupMe will be collecting ($12.69 - $11.25) * 3 = $4.32 from this single example.

    Each person will be spending 13% extra for the convenience of not having to remember to bring the right amount of money the next time they see whoever they owe.

    I suppose as the person who others normally have to pay back, I would appreciate this...
  4. komodrone macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    Without trying the app or completely reading the article, here's what I think a typical conversation is going to look like:

    Person 1: "hey guys, lets split the cost of gas. what's $60.06 / 3? gee, math is too hard, hey I know, how about let's all download this app."
    (3 minutes later)
    Person 1: "k guys, I'm inviting you to this group, did you accept?"

    Person 2: "nah, sec, hold on...k downloaded. Nah I didn't get your invitation."

    Person 1: "hold on, let me invite you again"

    Person 2: "ah, got it. k I accepted"

    Person 1: "k much was it again? Oh yeah, $60.06. So let me put that in and we'll split it"

    Person 2: "got it, hold on sec, let me input my credit card information"

    Person 1: "yeah me too, sec..."

    (3 minutes later)

    Person 2: "got it, k paying now...WTF $0.99 cents + 4% charge? screw that I'll just pay you $20"
  5. arn, Mar 7, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013

    arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Except, lots of people use the app already for group messaging (it's primary purpose).

    That's like saying that if Apple were to come up with a payment option for their iPhone, this is how I see it going.

    Store #1: That will be $49.95, you can pay by iPhone, or Credit Card or Cash?
    Customer: iPhone? Ok, hang on.
    ...drives to Verizon...
    Customer: I'd like to sign up for an iPhone
    ...30 minutes later....
    ...customer drives back to Store #1....
    Customer: Here, I have an iPhone, can I pay?
    Store #1: Who are you?


    (that said, the fees are high and would probably stop me from using it for that purpose)
  6. mattbisme macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2007
  7. komodrone macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    true. However, even if everyone had groupme, there's still the painful process of entering billing information the first time round which people wouldn't want to do.
  8. smileyborg macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2009
    Yuck. 4% fee...?


    It's free. P2P payments. You can even pay a phone number and they can pick up the money later.
  9. appleguy123 macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    The fee is way too high. Paypal should just add this feature to their app.
  10. jonnysods macrumors 601


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
  11. liavman macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2009
    Silver lining is, imagine doing this with In App purchase!
  12. appleguy123 macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Imagine paying a 34% fee...
  13. OtherJesus macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
    You know what's cheaper?

    Having the restaurant pay for it by running separate checks.

    Cost of doing business.
  14. urbanslaughter macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2007
    This is ridiculous. I thought Square was too expensive. They only charge 2.75%. These guys want to charge $.99 + 4%. That's nuts!
  15. aajeevlin macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2010
    4% + 0.99 cents? I don't know about most of you but that's just a bit too much. I'd rather just do the math and round up or down to whole dollar...
  16. TeddyS. macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2013
  17. wovel macrumors 68000

    Mar 15, 2010
    Every other payment service is cheaper. I assume they are using another service and decided they needed their own margin on top. The fees are ludicrous.
  18. Ian8 macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2013
    This could be amazingly convenient, but the fixed fee is a dealbreaker. I split bills tons of times with friends in the past but usually payed $5-20. These small amounts make an entire $1 completely unjustifiable. i'd like to know how much of the fee is imposed on them and how much they think they deserve for 'convenience'

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