Curve, the banking platform that combines multiple cards and accounts into one smart card and app, is today extending its Curve card to Google Pay in 14 European countries, according to a press release.
Curve customers can now connect their Curve card to Google Pay and use it at terminals, online, or go plastic free. And since the Curve card is contactless, Mastercard and Visa credit and debit cards added to Curve, also become instantly contactless. As Europe speeds up adoption of non-cash payments, contactless is fast becoming a go-to form of payment in retail on the continent.
Curve customers in Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Ireland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Croatia, and Slovakia now have the same easy, fast and secure access to payments via their Android phones, as Curve customers do in the UK.
The addition of Google Pay will boost mobile payments across Europe, as tens of millions of Europeans accelerate the adoption of digital payments in the wake of Covid-19.
„In France and Germany, for example, most of the major banks don’t support Google Pay, so customers of these banks who own a Curve card can shop contactless for the first time by adding their Curve card to Google Pay,” the company said.
Curve CEO, Shachar Bialick, said: “I’m excited about giving Curve customers across Europe even more power at their fingertips with the addition of Google Pay to the Curve Platform. Millions of people now have radically easier and simpler access to finance, something we at Curve believe strongly should be made available to all.”
Customers with Android phones continue to enjoy Curve’s marketplace of features, including its store loyalty programmes, the ability to Go Back in Time, „fantastic foreign exchange rates” and 1% Curve Cashback.
Curve Head of Product, Aimee Ruddy, said: “Google Pay on Curve unlocks contactless payments for people whose traditional bank cards are not equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. What we’re finding in the current covid climate is that consumers want to minimise physical contact when they make a payment. By loading their cards onto Curve, all their cards instantly become contactless. By adding their Curve card to Google Pay, customers can easily pay with their phone in stores or through ecommerce sites without ever having to dig through their wallet again.”
As well as Google Pay, Curve is also rolling out compatibility with a range of other devices. For the first time, customers can use their Garmin Fitbit and Wena watches to pay using Curve. Individuals on the move – runners, cyclists, walkers, or those on public transport – get the chance to spend without the hassle and worry of having to carry a wallet or purse.
Curve’s rollout of Google Pay support across Europe is the latest development in recent weeks. Last week, and for the first time, Curve Platform customers could access loyalty programmes from the most well-known and loved retail brands in Europe. Curve Platform customers are now able to add, store, and collect points on any loyalty cards, ensuring they never again miss a shop reward.
Curve is an over-the-top banking platform, consolidating multiple cards and accounts into one smart card and app. Curve is live in 31 markets across the European Economic Area (EEA).
Curve offers a host of benefits to its customers; you get instant notifications and categorisation of spend, you can earn instant 1% cashback at the likes of Amazon, Uber, Netflix and Sainsbury’s and Time Travel enables customers to swap spend to a different card in the app for up to two weeks after the purchase was made.
„Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”