Tech giant Google has rolled out its mobile payments system Android Pay in New Zealand that allows users to pay for anything using their Android-based smartphone.
In order to start using Android Pay, the users will have to download the Android Pay app on Google Play and have a BNZ Mobile Banking app on their phone, along with a BNZ Flexi Debit Visa card.
The contactless payment solution allows customers with an NFC-enabled android device to pay in store with a tap of their phone, similar to PayWave. The system would then allow users to pay without needing their wallet.
BNZ director of products and technology David Bullock said: “We see clear benefits in bringing Android Pay to New Zealand for BNZ customers – for many, it'll be the first time they can shop without their wallet.
“As the uptake of contactless payments increases there will be more places to pay with just a tap of your phone. It's about simplicity and convenience in payment options for your everyday banking."
When a consumer will add a card to Android Pay, the actual card numbers will not be stored or passed to merchants; instead the retailer will receive a token to ensure maximum security to card’s sensitive information.
Currently, Android Pay is available at retailers such as The Warehouse, Noel Leeming, New World, PAK'nSAVE, Countdown, Animates, Paper Plus, Rebel Sport, Kathmandu, Farmers and JB Hi-Fi.