10 June 2015
Those new credit card readers that have been popping up all over campus, at each of Cornell Dining's cafés, food courts, convenience stores, and dining rooms, don't just read magnetic stripes when you swipe your card. They can also now accept contactless payments via Apple Pay and Google Wallet services.
Whether you're grabbing a soda or a cappuccino on the way to class, picking up a bagel or an ice cream cone, or paying for an all you care to eat meal at one of our ten dining rooms, you can now just wave your phone -- or your watch -- and complete your payment with a screen tap or two.
Naturally, your phone or watch must be compatible with a contactless payment service, and you must enroll in Apple Pay or Google Wallet and specify a payment source before you can use these services to pay for your food and drink.
Google Wallet tap and pay functionality requires a compatible NFC-enabled Android device running 4.4 (KitKat) or later.
Apple Pay contactless functionality requires a compatible iPhone 6 or later with iOS 8.1 or later, or Apple Watch.
Please note that the EMV chip-reader functionality of these new credit card terminals is not available at this time. Our vendor will be enabling this service in the future, so we do expect to be able to read the chip on newer credit cards with an embedded chip later this year. Meantime, you'll be able to swipe these cards using the magnetic stripe, as you always have.