Danske Bank gives back­ing to Google Pay

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DANSKE Bank has be­come the first of North­ern Ire­land’s four main banks to en­able its cus­tomers to use Google’s con­tact­less pay­ment ser­vice in shops and on­line.

Google Pay joins a se­ries of pop- ular con­tact­less forms of pay­ment ac­cepted by the bank, in­clud­ing Ap­ple Pay, Sam­sung Pay, Garmin Pay and Fit­bit Pay. The ser­vices work any­where con­tact­less pay­ments are ac­cepted.

Kris Thomp­son from Danske Bank said: “Es­sen­tially, Google Pay func­tions as a dig­i­tal ver­sion of a con­tact­less bank card, us­ing com­pat­i­ble An­droid de­vices such as smart­phones or smart­watches.

“It means cus­tomers can just tap their phone on the con­tact­less reader at the till and not have to worry about dig­ging out their card or car­ry­ing around lots of cash.”

Ac­cord­ing to Of­com data, smart­phone own­ers in NI have in­creased to 76% of the pop­u­la­tion.

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