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#189100 16-Dec-2015 21:50
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Just spoted on Google AU blog: "Tap. Pay. Down Under."


In the first half of 2016, we’ll be bringing Android Pay to Australia — the simple and secure way to pay using your Android phone. Android Pay also stores your gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers right on your phone.

With Android Pay, you simply unlock your phone, hold it to the terminal, and voila — your payment is done. We’re working closely with many of Australia’s major financial institutions — including ANZ, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, Bendigo Bank, Cuscal, ING DIRECT, Macquarie Bank, and St. George — with the aim of bringing Android Pay to their card holders in 2016, and will continue to work with more banks throughout the year.

When Android Pay arrives in Australia next year, it will support MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards. We’re also working with eftpos to support their cards in Android Pay.


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  #1451959 16-Dec-2015 23:03
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Nice one! I'm not an Android user but hopefully this encourages Apple to move a bit faster with getting Apple Pay into Australasia.

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  #1451964 16-Dec-2015 23:24
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Apple already confirmed they are going to start in Australia with American Express.




 

 

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  #1451974 17-Dec-2015 00:28
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I've been able to use NFC on my phone with my CBA card for probably a year or so now. This won't add much for me, especially as CBA is missing from the list above.

ApplePay have already launched with Amex, but only Amex issued cards not bank issued Amex.




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  #1452212 17-Dec-2015 11:24
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freitasm: Apple already confirmed they are going to start in Australia with American Express.


Yeah I did see that. I'm guessing the banks aren't happy giving Apple a cut of every transaction (I think that's how Apple Pay works in the US/UK), hence Visa/Mastercard not being available yet.

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