Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:10

CommBank Tap & Pay adds more cards, supports Amex on Android

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CommBank has added Amex to its Android app and more, the day after Amex cards issued by Amex went live on Apple Pay in Australia.

The digital wallet payments war is hotting up in Australia, with CommBank’s Tap & Pay app now supporting MasterCard and Amex credit card payments in addition to debit cards, which is said to give ‘more Australians the ability to further embrace the digital wallet and manage their money on-the-go.’

The can-do which bank says its customers ‘can now make credit card purchases at the Point of Sale using CommBank app Tap & Pay on all Android handsets with NFC, as well as the CommBank PayTag solution for iPhone users.’

Indeed, the Commonwealth Bank is proud to boast that it ‘is the first Australian bank to roll out American Express payments on all Android devices.’

The Bank characterises this latest development in the Australian digital wallet space as reflecting ‘rapid customer adoption of contactless payments.’

CommBank launched Tap & Pay supporting Debit MasterCard using NFC technology in Android phones in March this year (2015), and since then, ‘more than 300,000 cards have been set up on the CommBank app and one million transactions have been processed.’

Angus Sullivan, Executive GM of Retail Products and Strategy at CommBank, said: “Australia has some of the highest volumes of contactless payments globally and with more than 2.8 million users of the CommBank app each week, we are focused on delivering innovative payment features to our customers.

“This next evolution of the digital wallet places the power of mobile technology in the hands of even more Australians, giving them more convenient access to their finances whenever and wherever they are.”

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Naturally, CommBank exclaims that it is ‘delivering value beyond making payments,’ and notes that ‘Tap & Pay is one of many features developed by CommBank to deliver simple and convenient mobile experiences.’

Other CommBank features include:

  • Loyalty feature in the CommBank app allows customers to scan the barcode of their physical loyalty cards and add a digital copy of them to the CommBank app, eliminating the need for a physical wallet.
  • Cardless Cash in the CommBank app allows customers to make withdrawals at ATMs without the need for a physical card.
  • Lock, Block & Limit provides a safe and immediate way to lock credit cards for overseas purchases, block ATM cash advances, set spending limits, as well as put a temporary lock on a misplaced card or report a lost/stolen card for replacement.
  • The CommBank Offers app, currently piloting at Westfield Hornsby, enables customers who have an iPhone 5 or above to opt-in and take advantage of tailored merchant offers that deliver value based on their shopping behaviour and location.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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