Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, Google Pay has rolled out mobile support for cards from 13 U.S. banks. Services like Google Pay must come to an agreement with a credit union or bank before they can support a consumer’s debit or credit card, 9to5Google reported.
According to the outlet, Google Pay brings on a new set of banks to its list of financial institutions that it supports about every other week “with no real end in sight.” The report also noted that it seems U.S. towns of “decent size” have a bank with clients that want to use the digital payment service.
In the Midwest, the new banks reportedly include the Educational Community Alliance Credit Union in Ohio, the MidAmerica National Bank in Illinois, the Republic Bank of Chicago in Illinois and the State Bank of Waterloo in Illinois. In the Southeast, the added banks reportedly include Exchange Bank in Georgia, while Incommons Bank in Texas is included in the Southwest.
In December, Google Pay added about 30 new U.S. credit unions and banking institutions to its digital platform. The banks included the Arundel Federal Savings Bank, the Greater Cleveland Community Credit Union, the Greenleaf Wayside Bank, the Lakestone Bank & Trust, the Peoples Bank of Kankakee County and the Sanford Institution for Savings. The Texas Health Credit Union, the First National Bank of Milaca and Oxford Bank were also reportedly added at the time, among others.
In September, the service announced that it was working on using QR codes to allow customers to make digital payments. The technology would let people send money to each other by scanning their phone screens. In the same month, Australia’s ANZ Banking Group added Google Pay for its personal Visa debit and credit card users. The system lets clients make in-store or online purchases through the mobile app.