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SOFORT is an online payment system for real-time bank transfer payment, also known as Pay now. Founded in 2005, SOFORT is based in Munich, Germany.
In 2014, the former German company SOFORT GmbH was taken over by the Swedish payment service provider Klarna. This allowed Klarna added direct transfer to its payment method portfolio. Prior to the acquisition, the company was known as SOFORT Überweisung.
The buyer completes a transfer form on the shop page and forwards the access data for online banking to SOFORT. The company arranges the transfer in the name of the buyer. The merchant will receive a confirmation that the money has been sent. He does not receive the payment immediately, but a payment confirmation. The real-time confirmation of the transaction allows an immediate dispatch to the customer.
Customer choosing SOFORT as the payment method at check-out are forwarded to a transfer form, which is already filled with the transaction information. The payment recipient and the transfer amount must be verified. Then, the customer selects its bank by bank code.
The customer must provide its online banking access data into a secure payment form. From there, the customer is forwarded to the bank verification form. For security purposes the bank sends the customer receives, as usual, a single use TAN. By entering this TAN in the form, the customer confirms the transfer. The client finally receives a summary of the purchase processing and a purchase confirmation of the transaction shops. SOFORT payments can be made on desktop as well as on mobile devices.
SOFORT has over 100 preconfigured plugins for e-commerce shop platforms. Modules for xt:Commerce, osCommerce, Magento, Shopware and Gambio are notably available. SOFORT can also be integrated as a gateway via APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and SDKs (Software Development Kits). API and SDK plugins are available in German, English, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Slovak and Czech.
The SOFORT payment method is accepted by over 35 000 shops in 13 countries in Europe. This payment method is popular in Germany. It is also available in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Hungary and Czech Republic. SOFORT can be used from transaction in Euros, Swiss Francs, British Pounds, Polish Zloty, Hungarian Forints or Czech Krones.
SOFORT has different rates, usually composed of a monthly basic fee, a transaction fee, as well as a percentage of the turnover. For a individualized offer, request a quote through Paylobby.