​Google Partners with Verve to Offer Naira Payments on Play Store

​Google Partners with Verve to Offer Naira Payments on Play Store
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Google has announced partnering with Verve, Nigeria's largest domestic card scheme, to enable Naira payments on the Google Play Store. This strategic partnership aims to bolster the digital ecosystem in Nigeria and promote financial inclusion for millions of Nigerians.

Through this collaboration, Nigerians can now use their Verve cards to make seamless purchases on the Google Play Store. Gone are the days of struggling with international transactions and facing limitations on monthly spending. With Verve cards now integrated into Google's payment system, any Nigerian with an Android device can easily access a plethora of digital content and services.

Here's how to get started with your Verve card on the Play Store: 

Simply open the Play Store, choose the app you want to buy, click "Buy," and enter your Verve card details when prompted. Alternatively, you can head to pay.google.com, log in with your Gmail account, click on 'Payment Methods,' 'Add Payment Method,' enter your Verve card details, and save. Once you've completed this straightforward process, you can return to the Play Store and make your purchases with ease, as your card will be charged automatically.

Anthea Crawford, the Head of Retail and Payment Partnerships at Google Play, expressed her excitement about the collaboration, stating, "We are thrilled to collaborate with Verve, expanding Google Play access for more Nigerians. The introduction of local payments with Verve cards is a significant milestone, enabling more Nigerians to participate in the app economy and access the apps they need."

Vincent Ogbunude, the Managing Director of Verve International, echoed this enthusiasm, emphasizing, "The integration with Google Play is a significant stride towards achieving Verve's vision of promoting financial inclusion. We are excited to bring digital content and services closer to Verve cardholders, hence bridging the digital divide."

The implications of this partnership are far-reaching. By processing Verve transactions within Nigeria and in Nigerian Naira (NG), the country's banking institutions treat these transactions as local, effectively eliminating the barriers associated with international payments. This move empowers more Nigerians to participate in the app economy and opens up a world of possibilities in the digital realm.

In recent times, Nigerians have been facing challenges with international transactions due to limitations imposed by some commercial banks. However, with Google and Verve's collaboration, users can now add their Verve cards to their Google Play Accounts and pay in Naira without stress, bypassing exorbitant exchange rates and restrictions.

With this development, the doors to the app economy are wide open for Nigerians. As Verve's expanding acceptance promotes inclusion and extends the reach of digital services to a larger segment of the Nigerian population, the nation takes a significant stride towards embracing a more connected, digital future.