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Wednesday 12 December 2018


Westpac unveils contactless wearables range

Written by Anthony Strzalek

Westpac has announced that it will now offer customers a new range of wearable, hands-free and battery-free payment accessories.

The Australian bank has teamed up with local designers in a move which will allow its customers to take advantage of the new tap-and-pay option, called PayWear.

PayWear Essentials, which will be available in early December, includes a silicone band and a ‘keeper’, which can be attached to an existing watch or fitness band, containing a microchip linked to the customer’s everyday transaction account.

Customers can tap and pay in the same way they do with their debit card, through the new range of waterproof and battery-free wearable accessories.

George Frazis, chief executive, consumer bank, at Westpac Group, said: “Australia has the highest contactless penetration in the world, and cards continue to replace cash as consumers demand convenience. We’re always looking for new ways to help make our customers’ lives easier, and with our new PayWear products, customers will be able to pay on-the-go, in one hands-free step.

“With PayWear, there is no need to search through a bag, login to an app or worry about battery life. It will be on the go with our customers and ready for use when they are.”

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