After an extended wait, St George, Bank SA and Bank of Melbourne customers can now add supported cards to Google Pay.
The support for all three banks, which are either subsidiaries of or part of the Westpac Banking Corporation Group who added Google Pay support back in December of 2016, has been expected, though delayed, for some time with St George, Bank SA and Bank of Melbourne all initially promising support before pulling back and announcing delays on social media.
As far as Card Support is concerned, all three are listing an FAQ on their individual websites – but from my trials my St George Visa Debit is not able to be added while the full Visa card is now added:
According to the FAQ on all three sites you’ll need a device running on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, and with near-field communication (NFC) and host card emulation (HCE) technology.
As usual, setup for Google Pay is easy, simply download the app from Google Pay, then follow the bouncing ball to setup the card. St George asked for verification via Text Messaage which was fast and easy. As usual, transactions over $100 will require you to enter your PIN at the terminal but apart from that – happy tapping.
For those who’ve waited for Google Pay on one of these three banks, you’ll be able to take advantage of promotion for new users on Google Pay offering a $10 Google Play voucher for using it. To qualify, users need to simply sign up with an eligible card and use it five times (max one payment per day) within 30 days before the 31st of December.
If you’re a St George, Bank SA or Bank of Melbourne customer you should try your card out now.