Google Wallet Is Now Available In South Africa

Google’s finance product “Google Wallet” is now available in South Africa. This makes South Africa the first African market to have access to the feature. South African users can now save and easily and securely access their payment cards, loyalty cards and boarding passes.

Google said that cardholders of partner banks in South Africa that include FirstRand Bank, Discovery Bank, Investec, Standard Bank, ABSA, and Nedbank can now add their details on the wallet, and make contactless payments using their android phones and Wear OS devices.

Access to technology is vital for economic prosperity as millions of people use their mobile devices daily to tap and pay at stores, pay for public transportation and to utilize a variety of passes. At Google, we have learned that great things happen when technology works for everyone. By including everyone – a dynamic ecosystem of manufacturers, developers and users – we want to make digital wallets accessible to everyone through fast, secure access to their everyday essentials,” said Google South Africa Country Director, Alistair Mokoena, in a statement.

Mokoena added that the wallet guarantees security and privacy for safer transactions.

Security and privacy are built into every part of Google Wallet, making payments safer and allowing people to transact seamlessly and with confidence throughout the day. This will allow users to make transactions using a virtual card number (a token). We are very excited about the launch of Google Wallet in South Africa. We hope that people not only enjoy how easy it is to use, but also how secure it is for them to transact their business confidently,” he said.

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