Smartphone Payment Apps Add Convenience to Shopping Online or In-Store

These days, it’s easier than ever to use your smartphone to make mobile payments or even buy something in a store. Both iPhones and Android devices offer smartphone payment apps that are user-friendly and come with robust security features. Apple Pay and Google Pay (the enhanced version of Google Wallet) are now honored by most merchant card readers, credit cards and banks. You’ll simply store safely encrypted credit or debit card information, as well as gift cards or loyalty cards, and pull out your phone when you’re ready to pay.

For iPhone Users–

To set up Apple Pay on your iPhone, go to Settings, tap Wallet & Apple Pay, then tap Add Credit or Debit Card. If your iTunes & App Store account already has a compatible card on file, iOS will automatically recommend adding it to Apple Pay. If not, you’ll need to either take a snapshot of your card or enter it manually. For security purposes, your bank may require you to verify by phone, text message, or e-mail. Most large banks will send you verification code by text message, while others may require you to call the bank to verify your identity. Once verification is complete, you’re all set up.

When you’re ready to spend, just select the Apple Pay option, and authorize your purchase by placing your finger on the Touch ID button. Your credit card details remain secure, and you’re saved the hassle of punching in a bunch of sensitive information while you’re on your phone or tablet. You’ll be able to tap your iPhone at any store, restaurant, or gas station that accepts smartphone payments, use it in apps, on the web, or even send or receive money from friends or family.

For Android Smartphones–

Android users will enjoy much of the same functionality with Google Pay. After you’ve downloaded the app, just follow the setup instructions to add a payment method and you’ll be ready to go. The app will automatically recognize any credit cards associated with your existing Google Play account and request to add them to Google Pay. To add a new card, simply tap the “plus” symbol, then scan your card with your camera or enter the information manually.

To pay in stores using the app, unlock your phone and hold it up to the scanner. Once it registers, follow the instructions on your screen and enter a PIN or sign your name to confirm. When you’re shopping online or in an app, just look for a button at checkout that says “Buy with GPay” (older logos for Google Wallet or Android Pay will also work). Tap that button and the rest will take care of itself as long as you’ve already set up a payment method.

Thanks to your smartphone, the number of things you can now leave home without just keeps on growing: maps, change for the pay phone, your camera, your address book, you name it. Now, you can even add cash and credit cards to the list!


4 Thoughts on "Smartphone Payment Apps Add Convenience to Shopping Online or In-Store"

  1. linda lasure says

    My phone will not make calls. When I checked my SIM status it says cellular network state Disconnected

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Linda. Please try going outside, then power your phone off. Wait a few seconds, then turn it back on again. This will allow it to reconnect to the nearest cellular tower with a strong signal. You can also check to make sure the SIM card is fully in place. If these steps don’t resolve the problem, please call us from another phone at 888-345-5509. We will be ready to assist you. Thanks again for reaching out to us today!

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  2. Nik Znamenskis says

    I’ve had an account for only 10 days and since cancelled it tonight. I received a new number sim from CC to place in my Verizon LG G6 phone. I could use data, make calls and send texts. I could never send texts. I spent over 5 hours on phone calls to consumer cellular support only to be told that it must be the other people’s phone and then was told it was my phone that had the problem. When cancelling my account, the agent tried to sell new devices instead of trying to fix my problem.

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Nik. That’s great feedback, and we have passed this on to our customer service team to use as a learning opportunity. We’re sorry to hear that our service wasn’t the right fit for your needs, but we very much appreciate you giving us a try. If we can review this issue with you further, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. Thanks again, and we hope you have a lovely day.

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