Suncorp launches Apple Pay for Visa debit cards

Sally McMullen 1 May 2018 NEWS

Suncorp customers now have the choice of Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay to tap and go.

If you have a Suncorp debit card, you can now use your Apple device to tap and pay at the checkout thanks to a new partnership with Apple Pay.

Once you’ve linked your card, you can hold your iPhone or smartwatch against the contactless card reader at the checkout and use your biometric Touch ID (your fingerprint) or PIN to authorise a transaction. Each transaction is also authorised with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Apple Pay is built into your Apple Wallet on your device, so you just need to add your Suncorp card to the wallet to start making mobile contactless payments. You can set up Apple Pay by following these steps:

  1. Open the Wallet app on your smartphone or watch and select "Add Card". Scan your card or enter the details manually.
  2. Enter your card’s security code to add the debit card that you use for your iTunes Account, or tap "Add a different card" and use your iPhone's camera to scan the new card's information.
  3. Your card should now be added to your Apple Wallet and you can use it to tap and pay wherever you see the contactless payments symbol.

Apple Pay is available on iPhone 6 devices and later, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation), iPad Air 3 and iPad Mini 3 and later.

Although you link your card with Apple Pay, your card numbers aren’t stored on your device or the Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your smartphone or watch. If you do lose your phone, you can remotely lock your Apple Pay account to prevent any unauthorised transactions.

“We want to make it effortless for customers and have responded to their calls to improve our digital payment offering," said Suncorp’s chief executive officer of the customer marketplace Pip Marlow. "The availability of Apple Pay means that our customers have access to faster and more secure payment methods.”

As well as meeting an existing customer need, Suncorp also hopes it will entice new cardholders to switch providers. “Apple Pay will give potential customers another good reason to consider Suncorp for their everyday money needs,” said Marlow.

Suncorp has already partnered with Google Pay and Samsung Pay in the past, with Apple Pay being the final piece of contactless payments puzzle. As well as American Express and ANZ, Suncorp is now one of the only Australian card issuers to offer contactless payments with all three of the major digital wallets.

This news follows Citi's partnership with Apple Pay last week. Want to know if your bank offers Apple Pay? You can compare credit cards with Apple Pay at finder.

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