With Google Pay, users with eligible Android devices are able to make secure, fast and convenient purchases in stores and online.
Now this mobile payment solution is available in Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, and Romania with its issuing partners.
According to the statement, GooglePay will work with various issuers and fintechs "including but not limited to Banca Transilvania, Bunq, CEC Bank, Curve, LHV Pank, Monese, N26, Paynetics, Revolut, Swedbank, Unicredit Bank Romania, and Viva Wallet."
Contactless transactions have jumped to nearly 80% across Europe since the start of the covid pandemic.
"This new launch is an example of Mastercard’s continued commitment to bring innovation that simplifies people’s everyday daily lives," it continued.
Milan Gauder, Executive Vice President of Product and Innovation, Europe at Mastercard said: “Delivering choice and innovation in payments is an important part of how we improve people’s everyday life. With hygiene becoming a high priority for many people, we want to make sure that we continue to deliver innovative solutions for touch-free payments. Today’s rollout empowers customers to pick the most convenient and safest method of payment that fits their need at any particular moment. To that end we are delighted to join forces with Google to provide the people we serve some ease, speed and peace of mind.”
“More than ever, people are keen to use simple and secure solutions to pay online and contactless in stores. Thanks to the close collaboration with Mastercard, cardholders of participating partners in 10 new European countries will be able to use Google Pay through their respective mobile banking apps. We hope everyone will enjoy the benefits that come with using their Android phone to pay in millions of places around the world,” said Florence Diss, Head of Payments Partnerships, Google.
Google Pay- Easy to Set Up, Easy to Use
To be able to use Google Pay in Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, and Romania, Android users can simply select the ‘Add to Google Pay’ button within the participating mobile banking apps in order to add their Mastercard to Google Pay. After adding their Mastercard, they will be able to access all the benefits that come with Google Pay via their banking app.
Once the card has been added to Google Pay, users can use their phone to tap and pay wherever contactless transactions are accepted, such as in a store or for public transport. Neither Google Pay or the mobile banking app need to be opened for this, nor is an Internet connection required.