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UBS Credit Cards Now Work With Google Pay and Samsung Pay

May 6, 2020 - Benjamin Manz

Starting now, Swiss UBS credit cards can be used with Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

With immediate effect, credit cards issued by Swiss bank UBS can be added to Google Pay and Samsung Pay and used to make mobile payments. All Visa and Mastercard credit cards and prepaid cards from UBS are now compatible.

UBS has also announced that it will soon add support for Apple Pay as well, but it has not announced a specific date.

1. How can UBS cardholders use Google Pay and Samsung Pay?

As a UBS credit or prepaid card holder, you can simply add your card information to Google Pay or Samsung Pay on your phone. You can then use your phone to make payments at point-of-sale (POS) terminals.

Not all phones are compatible with Google Pay, and only a limited number of models are compatible with Samsung Pay. The iPhone does not support either of these for POS payments. You can find more information in the Google Pay and Samsung Pay guides.

2. Can the Coop Supercard credit card be used with Google pay and Samsung Pay?

Yes. The Mastercard, Visa and Visa Prepaid versions of the Coop Supercard are issued by TopCard – a UBS subsidiary. All Coop Supercard credit cards now support Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

3. Are there any advantages to using Google Pay and Samsung Pay?

A possible advantage of Google Pay and Samsung Pay is that your phone may be more accessible than your credit card. When that is the case, using your phone to pay as opposed to pulling your credit card out of your wallet can save time.

Hygiene-conscious individuals may appreciate the fact that transactions are authenticated on your device itself. That means all payments – regardless of their size – can be made without having to touch a POS terminal to enter a PIN.

5. How popular are Google Pay and Samsung Pay in Switzerland?

Google Pay and Samsung Pay are not yet widely used in Switzerland, as the 2020 Swiss Payments Survey by moneyland.ch shows.

Only 9% of residents use Google Pay at all, and only 2% use it frequently. Only 7% of residents use Samsung Pay, and only 2% use it often.

However, it is likely that mobile payments will increasingly be used as an alternative to card payments.

6. Do I need a UBS or TopCard credit card to use Google Pay or Samsung Pay?

No. Many Swiss card issuers have partnered with Google and Samsung to enable their cardholders to use Google Pay or Samsung Pay respectively. You can easily find and compare all credit cards and/or prepaid cards which support Google Pay or Samsung Pay using the mobile wallet filters in the interactive Swiss credit card comparison on moneyland.ch.

More on this topic:
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