What Apps Can Take the Place of Credit Cards for Consumers?


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As of 2015, some mobile applications that consumers can use in place of credit cards include Apple Pay and Android Pay. Google Wallet and Samsung Pay are other mobile wallets available.

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Consumers using an iPhone can use the Apple Pay mobile app for free to store credit card information and pay for items. This app also has a map finder to show nearby locations that accept Apple Pay. Customers using Apple Pay must have an iPhone 6 or higher or an iPhone 5 or later model paired with the Apple Watch.

Android Pay is available for free for users of Android devices. Android Pay users can use the Tap-To-Pay/NFC feature that uses their fingerprints to pay for items. Google Wallet and Samsung Pay also include Tap-To-Pay with NFC and are accepted at millions of locations.

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