ANZ launches mobile payments for Android handsets

ANZ has launched a mobile wallet app that allows the bank’s customers to pay for purchases using their Android handset.

ANZ customers can link the app to their credit or debit cards and then use an Android-based smartphone that supports Near Field Communication (NFC) and runs version 4.4 or later of the mobile operating system to make contactless purchases.

The new app, ANZ Mobile Pay, is available from the Google Play store.

“This new app is another demonstration of ANZ’s commitment to providing customers with innovative solutions to make their lives easier,” said ANZ managing director, products and marketing, Matt Boss.

The app can also be used to make withdrawals from contactless-enabled ANZ ATMs.

ANZ is the last of the Big Four banks to offer mobile payments. National Australia Bank last month launched its Android mobile payment service, dubbed NAB Pay.

The Commonwealth Bank has a contactless payments service for Android smartphones, and Westpac also supports mobile payments on a limited selection of handsets.

Google's own digital wallet, Android Pay, is due to reach Australia this year.

Apple last year brought its mobile wallet offering, Apple Pay to Australia; however, the NFC-based service for iPhones is only available for American Express customers.

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