I wrote a post about the Android Pay Rewards Tap 10 promotion earlier this month. This post is about how I made my 10 purchases using Android Pay this month, and the rewards I received. I’ll also comment a little about using Android Pay.
I didn’t go out of my way to buy anything I wouldn’t normally, or shop any where I don’t normally shop. The number of vendors that accept Android Pay is growing, but of the ones on the list, the ones I would be likely to visit 10 times combined in a single month were just McDonald’s and Walgreen’s. My purchases were spread out across 25 days.
Using Android Pay at McDonald’s meant holding my phone up to the point of sale (POS) terminal. At the drive thru window of my local store, they have this one a long cable, and seem pretty familiar with what to do when people attempt to pay with their phone. They might ask “Apple Pay?” and I would reply “Yeah, something like that“. One of the downsides to this is that you are holding your phone outside your car, and taking a chance on dropping it. Another thing I observed is that many times, I would have to place my phone close to the POS terminal, attempt the payment, and then pull my phone back inside the car to enter my PIN, and then stick it back out again to try a second time, which is when it would work. This is doubling the risk of dropping my phone, although requiring the PIN does reduce the risk of unauthorized charges. I really wish Google would allow me to enter the PIN manually before sticking my phone next to the POS reader.