CommBank partners with Android Pay

Sally McMullen 18 September 2017 NEWS

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Finally! CommBank has given its 4.4 million app users more ways to pay with Android Pay and Garmin Pay.

CommBank is the latest bank to jump on the Android Pay bandwagon. This means that Commonwealth Bank cardholders will be able to use their Android smartphones and smartwatches to make contactless payments wherever Android Pay is accepted.

As well as Android Pay, CommBank has also joined forces with Garmin smartwatches to enable Garmin Pay. Similar to Android Pay and other digital wallets, you can use Garmin Pay to tap and pay at contactless payment terminals.

With the popularity of its own Tap & Pay app continuing to grow, CommBank says the new partnerships will offer cardholders more options.

“In June this year, we saw weekly transactions across the CommBank app hit $6.1 billion so we know customers love using their phones to make payments and do their banking,” said Michael Baumann, general manager of everyday banking and payments at CBA. “By offering customers the ability to pay with Android Pay and with their Garmin smartwatches, we are combining choice and convenience.”

Unfortunately, these technologies aren’t available to CommBank customers just yet. Android Pay will be available to customers “by the end of the year” and the Garmin smartwatch option will hit the market in early October.

If you’re an iOS user, your options are still restricted to an optional PayTag sticker which you can attach to your phone and use to make payments of up to $100.

This news makes CommBank the third out of the Big Four to enable Android Pay, leaving NAB the last to leave the gate. However, NAB does offer its own NAB Pay digital wallet to Android fans.

Want to know if your bank supports Android Pay? Check out our guide on credit cards partnered with the payments app for more info.

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