A digital wallet allows you to make payments quickly and securely and using smartphones to make everyday transactions will likely soon become the norm.
Given the most popular phone in the country is Apple’s iPhone – 35% of all handset sales in the three months to June 2017 – there is one digital wallet service Aussies are very excited about: Apple Pay.
First released down under in 2016 and available on all Apple devices, Apple Pay had a relatively rocky start with Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) rejecting a bid by a number of banks to bargain with Apple over Apple Pay. So which banks currently support Apple Pay, and how does the whole system work?
How does Apple Pay work?
Apple Pay is a type of digital wallet, similar to services such as Android Pay, PayPal or Visa Checkout. A digital wallet can store your bank account and card information securely, allowing you to simply use your ‘wallet’ to make payments without needing to use the card itself.
Apple Pay lets you use your phone’s Near-Field Communication (NFC) chip to connect to an EFTPOS machine and make the transaction – all in a matter of seconds. You don’t even need to enter your pin unless the transaction exceeds $100.
You can also use a digital wallet like Apple Pay to make purchases online. Rather than entering your credit card details every time, you can simply log into your Apple Pay account and buy things with a single password – done. Services such as PayPal have made this possible for years, but Apple Pay’s creation of a unified platform across multiple devices is a big selling point for iPhone and Mac users.
Services such as PayPal have made this possible for years, but Apple Pay’s creation of a unified platform across multiple devices is a big selling point for iPhone and Mac users.
How do Apple Pay and Android Pay differ?
Apple Pay and Android Pay are very similar – both are digital wallet services built into your phone’s operating system and both store your card details securely on your phone, with no storage of information online.
The main difference between the two is the breadth of support – Android Pay is currently supported by more major banks in Australia and Australians own more Android devices than iPhones running iOS, a disparity which is increasing.
Apple Pay is somewhat more secure than Android Pay however: iOS users must scan their fingerprint before completing each payment, whereas an Android phone need only be unlocked before being held next to an NFC terminal.
Does ANZ offer Apple Pay?
Yes it does! ANZ announced its partnership with Apple Pay in April 2016. The bank allows you to store your MasterCard and Visa credit cards as well as Visa debit cards on the native iPhone platform. You can either add your card directly to the Apple Pay app – using your camera or by manually entering details – or you can link it from your ANZ GoMoney app after logging into your ANZ account.
Does CommBank offer Apple Pay?
Unfortunately no, Commonwealth Bank doesn’t support Apple Pay as at September 2017. Australia’s largest bank does, however, offer the CommBank PayTag for $2.99. You can purchase the tag through the CommBank app, stick it on the back of your phone and begin making contactless payments.
Does Westpac offer Apple Pay?
No, Westpac does not yet support Apple Pay. You can still access your Westpac banking products through the Westpac Live app and Westpac even offers support for your Apple Watch, allowing you to check balances, find ATMs and more. The Westpac Live app does not yet have a digital wallet feature, but the bank has partnered with Android Pay, suggesting that full support of Apple Pay will be arriving soon.
Does NAB offer Apple Pay?
No, NAB does not support Apple Pay, but there is an alternative method on offer for Apple users. iPhone owners can order a NAB PayTag for $3.99, which sticks onto the back of your phone and allows you to make contactless payments by linking with your Visa debit card. For those on Android, the bank does offer their NAB Pay digital wallet service through the NAB Mobile Banking app.
What other banks support Apple Pay?
There are dozens of banks and credit unions besides the big four that support Apple Pay. The full list of supported banks is as follows:
- American Express
- ANZ (Mastercard credit cards, Visa credit and debit cards)
- Australian Unity
- Bank Australia
- Bank of Sydney
- Beyond Bank Australia
- Big Sky Building Society Ltd.
- CAPE Credit Union Ltd.
- Catalyst Money
- Central Coast Credit Union
- Central Murray Credit Union Ltd.
- Central West Credit Union Ltd.
- Community Alliance Credit Union Ltd.
- Community First Credit Union Ltd.
- Credit Union SA Ltd.
- Customs Bank
- Defence Bank
- Firefighters Mutual Bank
- First Option Credit Union
- Goldfields Money Ltd.
- Goulburn Murray Credit Union
- Holiday Coast Credit Union Ltd.
- Horizon Credit Union
- Intech Credit Union Ltd.
- Laboratories Credit Union Ltd.
- Latitude Financial Services
- Lombard Finance
- MyState Bank Ltd.
- Nexus Mutual
- Northern Beaches Credit Union
- Northern Inland Credit Union
- Once Credit
- P&N Bank
- People’s Choice Credit Union
- Police Bank
- Police Credit Union Ltd.
- Select Encompass Credit Union Ltd.
- South West Slopes Credit Union
- Sydney Credit Union Ltd.
- Teachers Mutual Bank
- The Mac
- The Rock Credit Union
- Unity Bank Ltd.
- Warwick Credit Union Ltd.
- WAW Credit Union
- Woolworths Employees’ Credit Union
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