Apple Pay expands to more banks in the U.S. and two European countries

Apple Pay expands to more banks in the U.S. and two European countries
Apple Pay continues its forced march in the United States where its market share is growing considerably each time new banks adopt the mobile payment service. In between waves of U.S. banks that get support for Apple Pay, the Cupertino-based company slowly but surely expands in other countries.

There's a long list of U.S. banks that recently received Apple Pay support and only a handful of banks in two European countries that got the same treatment. But first, you can find below the full list of U.S. banks that support Apple Pay:

Ameristate Bank, Aurora Federal Credit Union, Badlands Federal Credit Union, Brentwood Bank, Celtic Bank, Clear Lake Bank & Trust, Community Credit Union of Lynn, Community First Credit Union (OH), Dannemora Federal Credit Union, First Bank, First Bank (NC), First Bank of Baldwin, First Citizens National Bank, First State Bank Anadarko, Grand Bank, Gulf Coast Bank, Gulf Coast Bank and Trust, Health Care Professionals Federal Credit Union, Home State Bank, Hudson River Financial Federal Credit Union, Magnify Credit Union, Nassau Financial Federal Credit Union, North Coast Credit Union, Old Second Bank, Peoples Bank (IA), Presidio Bank, Riverview Community Bank, Rock Valley Credit Union, South Ottumwa Savings Bank, Texas National Bank, The First National Bank of Allendale, The Geo. D. Warthen Bank, The Peoples Bank, and West Gate Bank.

Furthermore, if you live in Poland or Norway, you'll be pleased to know that Apple Pay is now compatible with certain banks in these countries. In Poland, Apple Pay support has been recently added to the following banks: Alior, BGŻ BNP Paribas, BZ WBK, Getin Bank, mBank, Nest Bank, Pekao SA, and Raiffeisen Polbank.

Finally, Apple's payment service will be available in Norway for consumers with Visa cards from Nordea Bank, Santander Bank, and Sbanken. In addition, Apple Pay will be available to Nordea consumers with MasterCards.

source: 9to5mac

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20 Comments

1. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

They added two European countries? So they essentially doubled the amount of banks that they have collaborated with in Europe? hah. Yeah, Apple isn't exactly showing any kind of good will towards European consumers, they're leaving them out to dry for the most part.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yet it supports more banks worldwide than Samsung Pay & Google Pay

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Apple pay is supported in 12 European countries, Samsung pay in 6 and Google pay in 5. So who is leaving European consumers out to dry?

9. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

When on earth did i say that they weren't leaving people out to dry? Have you not seen me repeatedly complain about Google and their horrible logistics? I keep complaining that most of the world still doesn't have Google assistant, and that the Google Store in my country is literally empty. I can't even buy a Google Pixel or Google Home from Google itself, and i live in a rich western country. Samsung Pay also works in at a lot more terminals than any other payment method, as it can emulate a card and complete the payment, even if the terminal doesn't support Samsung pay, unlike Google or Apple pay. This is a result of the magnetic strip emulation. The reason i didn't mention that other companies is also leaving us out to dry as consumers in other ways is simply because this article isn't about that, it's about Apple. So why would i mention all kinds of crap that has nothing to do with the article? Lastly, Apple barely supports any banks at all in Europe, especially compared to the US, even though Europe contains 50 countries (+6). The same for the other two. It's insulting as a European consumer.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

In most western European countries the magnetic strip has been abolished since it's very unsafe. Also, this doesn't matter if you can't add your bank to Samsung pay anyway. For people going abroad to Europe, if NFC payment is accepted, all three payment methods are accepted. Also, you have to take into account that the lack of support isn't just Apple, Google or Samsung's fault. Many banks are hesitant about supporting it. Or just want to push their own NFC payment variant over the competition. So you should add those to your complaint list. And while this article is about Apple, it's typical that you are not nuancing it a bit by mentioning the others are even worse. But it's good to know you are only commenting about the article itself. I will hold that in mind next time reading one of your comments.

13. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I'm not even going to bother when you're going to have that kind of attitude. What the hell is up with the personal hate? I'm sticking to the subject of the article, and if you can't deal with that, then that's your problem. Was i wrong when i said that Apple isn't exactly going out of their way to help European consumers? No, not at all. Lastly, the magnetic strip hasn't been abolished at all, but it might have been in countries like Netherlands, which is where you get your impressions from, as that is where you live. Now get lost with your passive agressive garbage.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Like I said, I will keep in mind you are sticking to the subject in future articles :) Nothing to do with hate or passive-aggressive behaviour. Just a comment. About the magnetic strip, and I quote from CNET.com: "Samsung can, in theory, be used more broadly due to the magstripe side of things, but in Europe, the magstripe is really being forgotten about as a technology compared to the US, and is pretty removed in most markets," So no, it's not just my own country. As I travel for my work all around Europe on a regular basis, I know magstripes are hard to find in especially western Europe.

16. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

"Like I said, I will keep in mind you are sticking to the subject in future articles :) Nothing to do with hate or passive-aggressive behaviour. Just a comment. " It was literally filled with a passive agressive atitude, just like your strange use of a smiley in this one. You're quoting the American site CNET, owned by the American CBS, which has a tendency to be biased towards the American brand Apple, instead of the non-American brands. What a shocker that they would be writing articles to downplay any advantage a brand has owner Apple. Americans very patriotic/nationalistic. Look at the president they elected, who represents the American people. Anyway, the guy making the statement is from some Ovum, so he might be trustworthy, who knows, as i've never heard of Ovum or him. His quote is saying that magstripe is a technology that is being faded out, not that it's gone, which is what you said. You even used a word as strong as "abolished", which isn't what he is saying at all. He says "Pretty removed in most markets", which isn't exactly gone at all, especially not when it's in some markets, which probably means Western Europe. Anyway, the point i wanted to make from the start is that European consumers are getting completely abandoned/screwed by most brands, especially Google and Apple. Apple massively hike up their prices in Europe, unlike someone like Samsung.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If I wanted to be passive aggressive, I would have said whatever dude. Which I am inclined to say now.

20. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Anyway, the point i wanted to make from the start is that European consumers are getting completely abandoned/screwed by most brands, especially Google and Apple. Apple massively hike up their prices in Europe, unlike someone like Samsung. Regarding everything else? I honestly don't care enough to continue any discussion on it. The matter of the fact is that Samsung pay is more versatile, fact and end of discussion regarding that.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Back in 2009 magnetic strips were already a rarity and not so commonplace anymore in Europe. How do you think it is now in 2018? https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/credit-card-magnetic-stripe-ban-europe-1273.php

18. midan

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Was i wrong when i said that Apple isn't exactly going out of their way to help European consumers? No, not at all." Yes you were, Apple is doing lot of things all the time to get more support for Apple Pay, these things doesn't happen overnight. It's very slow process to try to change the way how people pay. And If banks doesn't want to support Apple Pay, Apple can't do much about it.

12. midan

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Lastly, Apple barely supports any banks at all in Europe, especially compared to the US" Apple has nothing to do with this, it's the banks if they decide to take Apple Pay or not. Many banks want to go their own route and offer their own halfbaked solution and just doesn't understand that it won't work.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

"Many banks want to go their own route and offer their own halfbaked solution and just doesn't understand that it won't work" While this won't work on iPhones since Apple won't allow access (yet) to the NFC chip. I do disagree with the half-baked solutions and that it won't work. The bank app on my Android phone works like a charm and doesn't work any less than Google Pay or Samsung Pay and I believe it would be as good as Apple Pay as well. So why do you consider them half-baked non-working solutions?

7. Papa_Ji

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

I don't think there is any need of so many banks support. M. Wallets can be easily integrated with Samsung pay ....( and wallets support most of banks)

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not sure what M. Wallets is, but most people don't like yet another company between their bank and the vendor. In my country its easy since most banks have their own NFC pay app.

4. midan

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Apple Pay is definately one of the best things Apple have ever made, i need my wallet like once in a month these days. Everywhere where i go i pay with Apple Pay.

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

yeah it is. i used apple pay while i was in korea and japan. its not just apple pay though. nfc itself is great but i hope they could allow what samsung did using the phone to work on payment systems which dont accept nfc payments.

6. whatev

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Me too, I barely need my wallet lately

10. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Samsung pay is even more versatile, as it will work at terminals that don't support any of these smart payment methods (Samsung Pay, Google Pay or Apple Pay), even really old terminals.

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