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Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Visa, and Thales have launched a mobile-based contactless payment service in Kenya. The service, which is the first of its kind in the country, allows KCB customers to make in-store payments using their Android smartphones or Garmin wearables.’

How to Use Tap to Pay with KCB in Kenya

Tap to Pay is a new contactless payment service that allows you to make payments using your Android smartphone or Garmin wearables. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download the KCB app and create an account.
  2. Digitize your KCB Visa card through the KCB app.
  3. Open the KCB app and select NFC payments.
  4. Tap your phone on the contactless payment terminal.

That’s it! You’ve just made a contactless payment with KCB.

To use the service, customers must first digitize their KCB Visa card through the KCB app. Once the card credentials are provisioned on their mobile device, users can simply open the KCB app, select NFC payments, tap their phone at the point of sale, and enter their PIN to complete the transaction.

The service is accepted by a growing number of merchants in Kenya, and the partnership between KCB, Visa, and Thales is expected to help to increase the adoption of contactless payments in the country.

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The collaboration between KCB, Visa, and Thales marks a significant milestone in Kenya’s digital payment landscape. Other contactless payment options in the market predominantly rely on cards, making this mobile device-based solution a unique offering.

Benefits of Tap to Pay

There are several benefits to using tap to pay. These include:

  • Convenience: Tap to pay is a quick and easy way to make payments. There is no need to fumble with cash or cards, and you can pay without having to enter your PIN.
  • Security: Tap to pay is a secure way to make payments. The payments are processed using encrypted technology, which helps to protect your personal information.
  • Acceptance: Tap to pay is accepted at a growing number of merchants. This means that you can use it to make payments in a variety of stores and restaurants.

Safaricom had previously introduced a similar product called One-Tap in 2017, but it was discontinued due to low demand. Stripe also launched “Tap to Pay on Android” in February 2023, which enables businesses to accept contactless in-person payments using a compatible phone or tablet.

The service is currently available to KCB customers who have Visa cards or Android smartphones with NFC technology. The maximum transaction amount for tap to pay is KES 10,000.

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