Xiaomi’s wearables devices finally get access to Xiaomi Pay service in Romania. Thus, the latest smartwatches and fitness wristbands with such capabilities in the company’s portfolio will be able to be used for contactless payments at any compatible POS. The first partnerships Xiaomi announces are with BCR bank and payment processor Mastercard.
Xiaomi Pay’s first bank partner is BCR
Starting today, August 3, 2022, NFC payment capabilities on Xiaomi Watch S1, Xiaomi Watch S1 Active and Mi Smart Band 6 NFC devices are enabled in Romania. Incidentally, the Smart Band 6 NFC model is also officially launching in local stores on this occasion, at a starting price of 299 lei.
“In collaboration with Mastercard and BCR, we bring to the public’s attention the Mi Smart Band 6 NFC, Xiaomi Watch S1 and Xiaomi Watch S1 Active devices, which now offer a fast, secure and convenient way to pay. Closing these partnerships in Romania is a very important step for us. We are convinced that the wearables range will be essential for the payments ecosystem. They are more efficient than ever, whether it’s paying for everyday groceries, public transport or simply grabbing a coffee during your daily routine.”, said Gabriel Fârtat, Go to Market Manager AIoT Xiaomi Romania.
“We are pleased that through this collaboration with Mastercard and Xiaomi, one of the world’s largest smart device manufacturers, we are expanding the availability of contactless payments for our customers and, therefore, the range of wearables in Romania that can make transactions via NFC. Contactless payments are secure, fast and can now be made almost anywhere, as there are now around 300,000 POS payment terminals across the country. So we encourage our customers to enroll their cards to benefit from the full freedom, convenience and security of virtual wallets.” said Florin Pintilie, Head of Card Product Development, BCR.
Although it has not made any announcement in this regard, most likely the new NFC-equipped Mi Smart Band 7 versions will also arrive on the Romanian market with Xiaomi Pay active functions.