ABN Amro begins with test NFC payments with Android smartphones

Sep

15

2016

The Dutch bank ABN Amro has sent a message to customers whether they want to participate in a pilot mobile payment. The app is named Wallet coming later this year, available to all users with an Android phone.

The message can be found in the application of the bank and includes a link to a website where ABN Amro customers can sign up for the pilot. “We have the mobile payment app already tested and is ready for use,” said ABN Amro spokesman Jarco de Swart at Tweakers. The bank makes the test with five thousand users before it becomes available to all customers. ABN Amro is the third large Dutch bank that will support NFC payments after the Rabobank and ING .

The app works on all phones that have Android 4.4 or later versions and are equipped with a NFC chip. Exceptions are the HTC One M7, HTC One M8, OnePlus One, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Mini, LG G3, Huawai Ascend P7 and Elephone P9000. The bank does not explain why it does not work properly on those phones. There is no preliminary iPhone version of the app, because the NFC chip is not accessible to apps on iOS. Mobile payments on the iPhone can therefore only take place through the Apple Pay service, which is not yet available in the Netherlands.

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