CBA makes it easier to pay with phones and watches



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Commonwealth Bank has unveiled two new on-the-go payment methods for consumers.

Australia’s largest bank has teamed with Google to offer Android Pay through Android-compatible devices, although this will only become available later this year.

Commonwealth Bank customers will also be able to make payments with Garmin smartwatches when they hit the market in early October.

Garmin Pay will be compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

Android Pay complements CBA app

Android users will be able to use their smartphones to make payments at almost 800,000 stores across Australia, according to Commonwealth Bank.

“Android Pay complements the CommBank app’s Tap & Pay functionality, allowing customers to make contactless payments using an Android smartphone of their choice,” it said.

“The CommBank app digital wallet also allows customers to store and use their favourite store loyalty cards and simply and easily transfer money to family and friends.”

Smartphone payments growing in popularity

Commonwealth Bank’s general manager of everyday banking and payments, Michael Baumann, said the bank’s 4.4 million app users now have more ways to pay.

“In June this year we saw weekly transactions across the CommBank app hit $6.1 billion, so we know customers love using their phones to make payments and do their banking,” he said.

“Since 2013, our customers have been able to use their smartphones to make payments. By offering customers the ability to pay with Android Pay and with their Garmin smartwatches, we are combining choice and convenience.”

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