We love nothing more than finding a new way for you to use your smartphone. Today, AIB and KBC banks launched Android Pay. Android Pay is the most innovative payment method seen in Ireland for some time. While it’s not available to everyone, there is an alternative to Android Pay available.
What is Android Pay
There is a fair chance that you tap your debit card on a regular basis. You probably even feel slightly inconvenienced when shopkeeper slots your card into the machine. Yes, we even view typing four numbers as a mild inconvenience these days. Android Pay is right up your alley.
You no longer even have to take your Visa debit card out of your wallet. Instead, your card details are saved to your smartphone. Where you would normally tap your card, you now tap your phone. You will feel more than a little bit mad at first, but it is super convenient. Think back to the last time you were ordering a coffee. Everyone queuing on their own is probably WhatsApping people – phone already in hand.
Android Pay is right up your alley as you no longer even have to take your Visa debit card out of your wallet. Instead, your card details are saved to your smartphone. Where you would normally tap your card, you now tap your phone. You will feel more than a little bit mad at first, but it is super convenient. Think back to the last time you were ordering a coffee. Everyone queuing on their own is probably WhatsApping people – phone already in hand.
Is that the only benefit of Android Pay?
No, of course not. There are a couple of scenarios where Android Pay is a life saver.
You forgot your wallet
If you’ve gone to work without your wallet, it’s not a problem. In the history of mankind, no one has ever forgotten their wallet and smartphone.
The other half has your card
You’re not supposed to go sharing your card with other people, but it happens. You can lend your card to the other half for shopping, while you tap and go with your smartphone. Genius.
You have more than one card
Does your wallet bulge? It might not be money, but your wallet can still bulge. If you have a debit and credit card with a participating Android Pay bank, you can add both to your smartphone. A handy way to save on wallet space.
Certain apps and websites will let you pay for items using Android Pay. This will be a convenient way of checking out and just in time for Christmas.
Is there and alternative to Android Pay?
It’s never nice feeling all left out. You’ll be envious of people tapping their phones in no time. As Android Pay is only available with AIB and KBC at the moment, there are a lot of people who have to wait. Fortunately, there is an alternative to Android Pay for all Android users.
Boon: The alternative to Android Pay
Boon is a smart little app with one job to do. It allows you to tap your phone on contactless terminals to make a payment. Instead of being linked to your bank account, Boon depends on you topping up your account. The app also features automatic top-up to ensure you always have money on your phone. You can pay by tapping your Boon-powered phone anywhere that accepts Mastercard contactless.
There are a few costs associated with using Boon. You won’t pay any monthly fees for the first twelve months, but after that, it’s 99c per month. Reloading your Boon account is completely free when completed by bank transfer. This does take two to three days. Finally, you can also top-up with a debit or credit card. You’ll have credit instantly this way, but you’ll pay at least a €1 or 1% – whichever is more.
Hopefully, it won’t be too long until all banks bring us Android Pay. It’s only a matter of time before Apple pay is here too. It’s unlikely our cards will vanish for another while, but our dependency will.