“Based on the FitPay mobile payments platform, Garmin Pay allows users to upload their payment information so that they can make contactless, tap-to-pay purchases using their wristband devices.”
Garmin Pay has a big new supporter: Discover has announced that its credit cards can now be used together with the wearables-focused mobile payments platform.
The news comes shortly after the launch of the Vivoactive 3 Music smartwatch, the latest device in the growing Garmin Pay ecosystem. Other devices compatible with Garmin Pay include the Forerunner 645 and Fēnix 5 Plus fitness tracking watches, and the D2 Delta aviator watch.
Based on the FitPay mobile payments platform, Garmin Pay allows users to upload their payment information so that they can make contactless, tap-to-pay purchases using their wristband devices. In this way it’s similar to smartphone-based mPayment platforms like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay, which are also enjoying growing support in the larger payments industry.
In a statement announcing Discover’s support for Garmin Pay, Discover’s e-Business VP Shaida Lynch explained that her company’s aim is “to make it as simple and seamless as possible for our cardmembers to pay with their Discover card, including on IoT and wearable devices.” Lynch added that the Garmin Pay support means “someone can be out on a jog or running errands and the ability to pay with Discover from their Garmin watch is just a quick tap away.”