Westpac isn’t the only bank announcing new contactless payments services today, with Commonwealth Bank announcing today that owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 can use the NFC hardware in their devices to make contactless payments using the new Commonwealth Bank mobile banking application.
As you’d expect, CBA’s mobile application allows users to do all the normal mobile banking tasks, such as checking balances with a simple swipe, making Tap & Pay payments at MasterCard PayPass terminals, sending money to your mates using email or mobile numbers, and of course, finding traditional bank facilities like ATMs or branches.
For those without a Galaxy S 4, CBA customers can order a PayTag sticker (which we’ve covered previously) to affix to the back of their handset which enables mobile payments for basically any device. It’s not quite the same as NFC payments using the hardware built in to most modern Android handsets, but it’s almost as good.
We’d recommend that any CBA customers with a Galaxy S 4 download the new app today from Google Play Store and give it a try. If you’re able to, let us know in the comments how you find this new service!