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Suncorp launches Google Pay on its Visa Debit cards

Alison Banney 9 March 2018 NEWS

Suncorp debit cardholders can now make secure, contactless payments with their Android device.

Suncorp has launched Google Pay across its Visa Debit cards, enabling customers to make secure, contactless payments using the digital wallet in-store and online. The brand has only introduced Google Pay across its Visa debit cards, and is not for credit cardholders just yet.

“We know debit cards are the preferred choice for Australians if they’re using a card to make a purchase and the adoption of digital payments is making it even easier for them,” said Suncorp Executive General Manager Deposits and Payments, Bruce Rush.

“It’s important we provide the technology our customers demand and we’re thrilled to be able to offer Google Pay functionality to our Suncorp Visa Debit cardholders. This additional functionality, combined with new mobile app features, really enhances our digital offering and gives customers even more of a reason to choose Suncorp for their banking needs," said Rush.

Google Pay is the digital wallet offered by Google, and is the newly-combined name for Android Pay, Google Pay and Google Wallet. Google recognised its various different digital wallet offerings could be confusing for consumers and financial institutions alike, so it combined all three to form the one brand, Google Pay, in February this year.

Suncorp is yet to offer Apple Pay to customers, but has said it is working towards this. However given the popularity of Android devices in Australia compared to Apple devices, it makes sense for the bank to launch Google Pay before Apple Pay. As of August 2017, Android devices accounted for 64.9% of smartphone sales in Australia, compared to 34.5% for iOS devices.

Suncorp Visa Debit cardholders need to download the Google Pay app from the Google Play store and register their debit card details. After this, they'll be able to leave their debit card at home and simply tap and pay using their Android device in store. Just like using your debit card for a contactless payment, you'll need to enter your PIN for transactions over $100. Plus, customers can also use the digital wallet to make secure online purchases via Google Pay without the need to enter any card details.

You can see a range of debit accounts offered by Suncorp here.

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