Apple Pay launch comes closer
Author: Mario Schmidtgen
Further details were revealed
The official launch of the mobile payment service Apple Pay is near in Germany. Further information about the participating banks, payment cards and the first merchants were announced. While Apple Pay was introduced in the USA 4 years ago, the service is not yet active in Germany. As Golem.de reported, several attempts to include bank cards in the iOS Wallet were unsuccessful.
The participating banks are Deutsche Bank, Hypo Vereinsbank, Hanseatic Bank, Fidor, Comdirect and O2 Banking. All corresponding cards from Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express are accepted. Other providers that will use the payment service soon are N26, Bung, Boon, Vimpay and Edenred.
The retailers who accept Apple Pay are initially the supermarket chains Aldi, Lidl, Netto, Real, DM and Kaufland as well as H&M and S.Oliver. You can refuel with Apple Pay at Aral and Shell. In the technology sector, Mediamarkt, Gravis and Saturn will use Apple Pay as a source of payment. In the catering sector, McDonalds, Burgerking, Starbucks and Tchibo are introducing Apple Pay. Of course, you can also pay with Apple Pay at Apple.
Apple didn’t give any information about possible restrictions for NFC-enabled payment terminals, which are now present in almost every store. After the start of the payment service it is also possible to buy online with Apple Pay. The first participants are the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe BVG, Ryanair, Flixbus, Zalando and Foodora. This requires the Safari browser of the Apple operating system.