If you’re still using credit / debit cards or NETS to pay for your purchases, you might soon be considered a dinosaur.
With Singaporeans mostly using either an Apple phone or an Android phone, this could mean that most Singaporeans would have access to this platform. How it works is simple: you “insert” a credit or debit card (or several cards) into your phone (by scanning it, of course), and when you need to make payment, you simply position your phone near a machine in the store checkout.
When you make purchase with the app, you will still get the promotions and benefits associated with the cards.
To be eligible for Android Pay, your phone must be running on Android Kitkat 4.4 and above and be near-field communication-enabled.
There’s no need for additional authentication when you make payment, unlike Apple Pay whereby you have to scan your fingerprint to verify. While this adds convenience, it might pose a little security concern. To counter that, you will always be able to keep track of all your purchases, and lest you lose your phone, you can remotely lock your device or wipe it clean with Android Device Manager. In addition, you need verification on every fourth transaction.
For more information, check out https://www.android.com/pay/
Several big players have signed up with Android Pay, including McDonald’s, NTUC FairPrice, Giant and 7-Eleven. But here’s one promotion that might just convince you to join Android Pay: an irresistible deal in McCafe.
From 7 July 2016 to 3 August 2016, if you pay via Android Pay in any McCafe outlet, you can get $2.00 off when you purchase a minimum of $6.00. That’s over 30% off!
To add icing to the cake, the McDonald’s outlet in East Coast Park is reopening on 2 July 2016, and there’s a new McCafe with a new menu there. Trying something new with a discount—that’s the best of both worlds!
In addition to purchases in major stores, Android Pay is also set to be used in transport operators like Grab, Uber and ComfortDelgo. There’s still no news about it being able to be used as an Ez-link card, but let’s face it: with technology advancing faster than ever, you can bet we’ll all be tapping our phones on everything, including the gantries in MRT stations.
This article was first published on goodyfeed.com