Apple Pay is now the most popular mobile payment service out there. Apple’s payment service has gained its popularity among users worldwide, mainly because of Apple’s endless effort to expand the service. Apple Pay is now available in more than 20 countries across the globe and the company is still expanding it.
Apple today announced that the company’s mobile payment service is expanding to 21 more banks and financial institutions in the US. Besides, Apple Pay also hits hundreds of banks in France, Spain, and Italy. The list includes major banks in the US, including First Financial Federal Credit Union, Peoples Bank of East Tennessee, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, and more.
According to Apple, its mobile payment service will be available at three more institutions in France. In Italy, mobile-only bank N26, one of the biggest banks in Europe, will include support for Mastercard in Apple Pay later this year.
Apple Pay was first introduced in October 2014, and quickly attracted customers ‘attention worldwide. Apple’s mobile payment service was initially available in four markets, including US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
Apple has been slowly expanding its payment service in recent months. In March, Apple Pay officially launched in Ireland, the 14th country to support Apple’s mobile payment service. Apple Pay was accepted at a limited number of banks and retailers in Ireland at launch, including KBC, Ulster Bank, Applegreen, Burger King, and much more.
Most recently, Apple brought its mobile payment service to Italy and Vatican City. According to Apple, iPhone and Apple Watch owners in the country can add eligible credit and debit cards to the Wallet app to make payments with Apple Pay. The payment service is accepted by a wide range of retailers in Italy such as Autogrill, H&M, Leroy Merlin, and Simply Market. Apple is expected to launch Apple Pay in India, Germany and Poland later this year.
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