Android Pay launches in New Zealand

Sally McMullen 1 December 2016

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New Zealanders can now use their Android phone to tap and go at the checkout.

After launching in Australia in July this year, Android Pay has finally made its way to New Zealand. Whether paying for a morning coffee or picking up dinner, New Zealanders can now make convenient purchases of up to $100 with the tap of their Android device. All you need to do is download the Android Pay app, then wake your phone and tap it within 4cm of the contactless terminal like you would if you were using payWave or PayPass.

Similar to its availability in Australia, Android Pay can be used everywhere contactless payments are accepted in New Zealand. This includes popular organisations such as BP fuel stations, McDonalds, Vodafone and Burger Fuel. Unlike its initial launch with 28 banks and card issuers in Australia, though, Android Pay has only launched with the NAB-owned BNZ Flexi Debit Visa card in New Zealand. So the New Zealanders who can access Android Pay is narrowed down to BNZ Flexi Debit Visa cardholders who own an Android device.

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Just like other mobile contactless payment options, such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Android Pay doesn't store your card information on the phone. Instead, it uses an encrypted virtual account number to represent your account details. If your phone has been lost, stolen or subject to fraudulent transactions, you can lock your device and contact your bank to ensure your account is frozen until you receive a replacement card or they resolve the issue.

Given New Zealand is one of the global leaders in contactless payment trends, second to Australia, Android Pay only adds to the list of convenient ways you can make payments without a card or cash.

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