Most South African banks now support all major digital wallets that let you transact by tapping your smartphone or smartwatch at a contactless-enabled paypoint.
Apple Pay, Garmin Pay, Google Pay, Fitbit Pay, and Samsung Pay use mid-range and flagship smartphones’ near-field communication (NFC) capabilities to offer this feature.
All users have to do is link and authenticate their debit or credit card on a mobile app.
Some of these apps also let you store digital versions of other cards and important documentation in an app wallet.
It's a long time since I've actually had to pull out my credit card from my wallet, as these methods really do work well almost everywhere now. Other than Capitec, all of the major banks now support Apple Pay, Garmin Pay, Fitbit Pay, and Samsung Pay. If you're not yet using any of these options, you owe it to yourself to try them out.
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Just one of South Africa’s major banks doesn’t support all of the major smartphone tap apps available in South Africa.