European fintech Viva Wallet recently announced it has bought Google Pay to customers in 18 countries. The company previously announced the service was being offered for customers in 11 countries. On October 27th, the service became available in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and now the service is available in Greece, Portugal, Romania, Austria, Bulgaria, Ireland, The Netherlands.
“Google Pay is a faster, more secure way to pay on websites, in apps, and in stores, by using the payment methods saved to the user’s Google Account. It protects their payment information with multiple layers of security and makes it easy to store loyalty cards, gift cards, offers, and more.”
Viva Wallet also revealed that for the Android users of the new countries, the process of activating the new service is as follows:
“Through their Viva Wallet account the users choose to add their Viva Wallet Mastercard to Google Pay. Once they have added their card, they can start using their phone to tap and pay wherever contactless transactions are accepted, such as in a store or for public transport, without needing to take out their wallet or use a pin pad.”
Founded in 2010, Viva Wallet describes itself as a European fintech disruptor on a mission to change how businesses pay and get paid.
“We offer businesses of all sizes an opportunity to accept 24 payment methods with our innovative multi-feature Smart Android card terminals, provide card processing through own cloud-based infrastructure, Card-Present and Card-Not-Present acquiring services, merchants accounts and debit card issuing.”
Viva Wallet is reportedly planning to secure €500 million in capital to support its virtual banking business.