Singtel's Dash expands payment capabilities to international frontiers with Visa & Apple Pay

Michelle Zhu

SINGAPORE (Dec 10): Singtel’s all-in-one mobile payments app, Dash, has expanded its payment capabilities to include international mobile payments via Apple Pay.

This means Apple device users may also use Dash as a payment method on Apple Pay, making it the first non-bank mobile wallet in Singapore on Apple’s secure and private payments system.

Main image, photo courtesy of Singtel: Using Dash for Visa Contactless Payments

Further, Dash customers are now able to use their Visa Virtual Account on the Dash app at online retailers worldwide and merchant points that accept Visa contactless payments.

Previously, NFC payments were only available via Dash’s Visa Virtual Account on Android smartphones, for purchases made only in Singapore.

The Visa Virtual Account was first introduced last year after the mobile payments app was re-launched in May 2016 to allow its users to make payments while overseas.  

In a Monday announcement, Singtel says the latest development means that Dash customers can now shop at their favourite online stores and apps; subscribe to digital content; as well as tap and pay in-store using any NFC-enabled smartphone or Apple device at participating Visa and Apple Pay merchants worldwide – all without the need to use an actual debit or credit card.

To start using the integrated payment service, customers may sign in on the Dash app and top up their Dash Visa accounts. The app has a cap on mobile wallet expenditures to reduce the risk of exposing bask accounts or credit limits to fraud, and allows customers to track their expenses through in-app notifications each time a transaction is made.

“This is a game changer for the mobile wallet scene in Singapore especially with the rising popularity of travel and online shopping among Singaporeans. Everyone can simply download Dash regardless of their telco, and enjoy shopping online and in-store at millions of merchants globally,” says Gilbert Chuah, head of mCommerce, International Group at Singtel.

As at 4.32pm, shares in Singtel are trading flat at $3.08.