Google and Verve have joined forces to offer Nigerians the convenience of using their Verve cards for purchases on the Play Store.
The primary aim of this collaboration is to strengthen Nigeria’s digital ecosystem and streamline payment processes for Google Play Store applications and services.
According to a press release reported by Technext, Google will now facilitate local payments through Verve cards, making it easier for Nigerians to access their favorite Play Store apps.
Nigerians have faced challenges with international transactions recently, with some commercial banks suspending the feature and others imposing a restrictive monthly spending limit of $20. As a result, citizens have turned to alternatives like Chipper Cash, enduring high exchange rates.
Partnership Between Google and Verve: A Significant Breakthrough
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The partnership between Google and Verve is a significant breakthrough, eliminating the barriers typically associated with international payments. Transactions made on the Play Store using Verve cards will be treated as local since they will be processed in Nigeria’s currency, Naira.
This new feature is exclusively available to Nigerian Android users who possess Verve cards. To access the service, users need to follow a simple process. They can open the Play Store application, select the desired app for purchase, and tap the displayed amount. Then, by clicking the “add debit or credit card” icon, they can input their Verve card details, including the card number, expiry date, and CVV number.
Alternatively, users can initiate the process by visiting pay.google.com. They must log in with their Gmail account, add a payment option, input their card details, and click save. Afterward, they can proceed to the Play Store and purchase the desired item, and Google will debit the specified amount immediately.
A Big Step for Financial Inclusion on Play Store
The Google and Verve partnership represents a significant step towards financial inclusion on the Play Store, benefitting millions of Nigerians.
It will provide them with seamless access to a wide array of apps and services on the platform, among other advantages.
Anthea Crawford, Google Play’s Head of Retail and Partnerships, expressed excitement about collaborating with Verve, expanding Google Play’s accessibility for more Nigerians.
The introduction of local payments with Verve cards is considered a momentous milestone, enabling greater participation in the app economy and improved access to essential apps.
Similarly, Vincent Ogbunude, Verve International’s Managing Director, believes the alliance will greatly support the company’s financial inclusion objective and contribute to reducing the digital divide for Verve cardholders.