- 7-Eleven has announced it has started to accept payments made with Google Pay in the U.S.
- Most of the chain’s stores should support the service by the end of September.
- Having a convenience store chain with such a large presence on board is great news for Google Pay users.
Shoppers in the U.S. will soon be able to use Google Pay to pay for goods at 7-Eleven stores. The convenience store chain announced (as spotted by Engadget) that it has started to accept both Apple Pay and Google Pay as payment options. It said it expects most of its stores nationwide to be able to handle payments through the services by the end of September.
Google Pay uses NFC technology found in many smartphones and smartwatches to let users make payments. Credit or debit card information is stored on the phone and users authorise payments using biometrics or a PIN. Google Pay is generally very convenient for consumers, but it only works at locations that support NFC transactions.
While the number of shops that accept this kind of payment is growing, shoppers won’t be able to leave their credit or debit cards at home until they know they won’t have any problems when using the service. Having such a large convenience store chain onboard is, therefore, great news.
One of Google Pay’s main competitors is Samsung Pay, a service that 7-Eleven already supported. Samsung Pay differs from Google Pay in that while it gives users the option to use NFC, those with supported phones can choose to use the same Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology that lets you pay for goods using a regular card. This means it works in more places and is still, arguably, the more convenient option.