Westpac announced Monday (Dec. 12) that Westpac Mastercard customers using select Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, Motorola, Huawei, Pixel and other compatible Android mobile devices can now sign up to use Android Pay.
In a press release, Westpac said customers with an eligible Mastercard debit and credit card can make contactless payments through their Android smartphones. Westpac noted that Android Pay is available at thousands of retail outlets across Australia wherever NFC payments are accepted.
“Our core focus is on providing great service to our 9 million customers by embracing digital opportunities and making it easy and convenient for them to bank with us,” said George Frazis, Westpac Group chief executive of consumer bank, in the press release announcing the development. “Our mobile customers want access to the best technology, so we are delighted to add Android Pay, one of the world’s most popular mobile payment platforms, to our range of mobile payment options.”
The executive noted Westpac is working closely with Google to extend the service to all Westpac Group cardholders next year, including St.George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA customers.
Android Pay is attractive to Westpac because, with it, customers can use their Android-based smartphones to make purchases both in stores, as well as in their apps, giving them another way to make purchases with a credit or debit card and eliminating the need to carry the cards in their wallet or on them.
“We’re excited to bring the simplicity and security of mobile payments to Westpac Mastercard customers with Android Pay, which lets them make contactless payments with a swift tap of their Android smartphone,” added Pali Bhat, senior director and global head of payments at Google, in the same press release. Android Pay is currently available in seven countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Poland and New Zealand, with more countries to follow, noted the press release.