Posted by William Charles on August 24, 2016
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Published on August 24th, 2016 | by William Charles

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What’s The Cheapest Way To Get Access To Android Pay?

Update: This promotion has unexpectedly ended early.

A lot of people are interested in Android Pay, because you can pay your rent through RadPad for free when you use Android Pay until the end of the year (you’ll also finally be able to use Chase cards in September and there are other promotions as well). We’ve had a lot of questions on what the cheapest way to get a compatible phone is, so I thought we better do a dedicated post.

Android Pay Requirements

To be able to use Android Pay, your device must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be running Android 4.4 or higher
  • Must have a NFC compatible phone
  • Must be non-rooted

You don’t need any carrier service, using WiFi should work fine.

Cheapest Options

Now that we know the requirements to run Android Pay, finding the cheapest model should be easy! Unfortunately it wasn’t that easy (Amazon, you should really let people filter easier). Now let’s get stuck into some options:

Our Verdict

Honestly wait 24 hours before you even buy any of these phones, I’m sure readers are going to find much cheaper options than I was able to find.

Thanks to everybody who helped on Twitter.

 



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Brady
Brady

Are there not any programs or emulators you can load onto your computer to use Android apps?

Nate
Nate

There are, but they won’t work with Android Pay. It has to be able to communicate with the NFC chip on the device to be used.

Lantean
Lantean

so it has to be a phone? tablet won’t work?
thanks.

Tan
Tan

Tablet works as long as it has nfc and on the right android os

I am able to use it on my nexus 7 tablet

Red
Red

I used a family member’s Nexus 7 tablet and it works fine.

Darren
Darren

Confirmed that Nexus 7 v2 (2013) tablet works for this.

Lantean
Lantean

thanks guys!

Bob
Bob

Tablets work, even those without an LTE connection. You can use AP even when offline, but only for a few hours before you have to connect to the internet again.

Sparky
Sparky

How about the BLU Advance 5.0 – Unlocked Dual Sim Smartphone – US GSM, $60 on amazon.

John
John

Can someone here comment more fully on the “use a friend’s phone” option? I know nothing about how any of this works.

But the obvious question to my mind is security. Would my credit card be linked up with my friend’s phone? Would he be able to see my card number or who my landlord is?

Also, does the fact that I am using his phone prevent him from also using his phone to pay HIS rent as well? That is to say, could he and I have separate accounts, each fully secure (I can’t see any of his data, landlord, credit card, etc. nor can he see mine) — where each of us are benefiting in fully from this?

Nate
Nate

With recent versions of Android (5.0 and later), you are able to create multiple user accounts on a single device. You’d have your friend create a user account for you, then you’d log in on the phone with your Google account, and then you’d download Android Pay and RadPad and set them up (apps are not shared between accounts). You could then set a password for your account so your friend wouldn’t be able to access your credit card.

Margo
Margo

If you don’t want to buy a phone, could set it up in a store where you can play with the latest Android phones by logging into your google account, downloading Android Pay and RadPad, set up recurring payments, then log out of everything and uninstall the apps.

Stvr
Stvr

Would the Samsung ones also get Samsung Pay

Bort
Bort

Samsung Pay is available on the following devices:
-Galaxy S7 edge
-Galaxy S7
-Galaxy S7 active
-Galaxy S6 edge+
-Galaxy S6 edge
-Galaxy S6 active
-Galaxy S6
-Galaxy Note5
-Galaxy Note7

Raj
Raj

BlackBerry Priv can do Android pay as well.

I used it today and added AMEX SPG. However when trying to pay the rent I get an error.

Reached out to Radpad and got a response

Thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately we have been having difficulty processing American Express cards via Android Pay, so that is why you are getting that error message. Until we have the issue resolved we are not allowing users to enter in American Express cards as payment. You will need to enter in a different credit card if you wish to pay via Android Pay.

James Carson
James Carson

You can get Android watches with NFC for as cheap as $20 on Amazon. Not sure if they’ll work for the purpose of paying rent on RadPad, though.

Jeremy
Jeremy

If it could install android pay, I think it should be fine.

KHAN
KHAN
Jeff H
Jeff H

Third party services like Freedom Pop often have offers on refurbished phones and discounted services.
Develope friends on their system for greater band width or data allowance.
Some of the merchants have guest in store WiFi, but security of your cell phone security in many of those places is questionable according to many. YMMV when it comes to their WiFi signal strength.

James Carson
James Carson

You don’t need store wifi or any other internet connection to use mobile payments in-store, all the network communication is handled by the store’s terminal, and your device interacts with the terminal via NFC, not the internet.

andrew
andrew
Nick
Nick

For those of you looking into this, I guess it wasn’t worth it for them and offer is now dead.

https://blog.onradpad.com/an-update-on-our-no-credit-card-fee-android-pay-promotion/

Jared Graham
Jared Graham
jnrfalcon
jnrfalcon

http://blog.onradpad.com/an-update-on-our-no-credit-card-fee-android-pay-promotion/
Radpad promo seems to be gone… Someone send me this saying so but I can’t open the page though… At lease heads up

dizzy
dizzy

I have S4 mini (Sprint version, I use Ting) and it doesn’t work. A bummer neither S4 nor S5 mini is there; I hate big phones and love the replaceable battery on this one.

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