Apple strikes deal to bring Apple Pay to vending machines

Apple strikes deal to bring Apple Pay to vending machines
Apple has signed a deal with USA Technologies that expands the use of Apple Pay to vending machines and other self-serve payment terminals. That means that Apple's red hot mobile payment system will be able to help you pay for the washing machine at your local laundromat, or to park at self-pay garages. USA's vending machines will allow you to use Apple Pay to cover the cost of a Coke or a KitKat bar (no pun intended). The deal covers about 200,000 machines. Those using USA's ePort cashless POS service will support Apple Pay immediately, while others will have to be retrofitted.

The machines covered by the agreement are located throughout the U.S. According to The Nilson Report, USA Technologies is the sixth largest shipper of POS terminals. The company started building NFC into its ePort cashless payment products ten years ago.

Apple Pay is off to a good start and accounted for 50% of mobile payments at McDonald's just weeks after the service launched. Now, there is talk that burrito giant Chipotle is looking to implement Apple Pay at its popular eateries. And speaking of gas, Chevron will be adding Apple Pay as a payment option some time later this year.

source: USATechnologies via SlashGear

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40 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

McDonalds... AMURICA.....

2. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Holy s**t, Apple is in beast mode.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Seems like McD's Apple Pie Beast Mode.

11. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Wait, you couldn't use ApplePay on vending machines already? That's horrible. Been using Google Wallet NFC for (literally) years on vending machines. It's a standard NFC reader. Apple is just terrible. Why is Apple Pay not already open to every NFC terminal???

12. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Can't tell if you're trolling, but Apple waited so long on all of this to attract banks. They earn quite a bit per transaction.

13. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Absolutely not trolling. This has nothing to do with the limited set of banks that ApplyPay supports. This is a standard NFC terminal like every other one out there. Why was a standard NFC terminal that has been around for ten years not accepting Apple Pay this whole time? Was Apple blocking it? Was the vending machine blocking it? I've been making NFC paying on vending machines for years.

16. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/09/10/apple-collecting-bank-fee-apple-pay-purchase/ You were saying? But one thing is certain, you do not get it. Apple wanted to release Apple pay when they knew they had a secure, money making solution. To be honest, I'm glad that Apple took their time.

17. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

What on earth does that have to do with anything??? Sorry but, you have no idea what this conversation is about. At all. Apple pay has been out for months. Apple pay has been collecting transactions fees for months. Apply pay has been available at thousands of NFC terminals for months. These things, everyone knows. My question is why were the NFC terminals in vending machines not included this whole time? This, I have no clue about. And clearly you have no idea what any of this even is.... Anyone know what the deal is here? Does Apple Pay only support certain NFC terminals with others being blocked? Who's blocking them? Apple? The Vendor? Banks? Someone else? To me, this is bad news for Apple Pay and bad news for open NFC payments in general.

21. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

You really look stupid now. Your words: "Why was a standard NFC terminal that has been around for ten years not accepting Apple Pay this whole time?" This suggests that you think Apple pay should have been here 10 years ago, but then your next post talks about months. And your first post said "years" as well. LebronJamesFanboy had a point.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think you misunderstood what he said. He was asking why it didn't work from launch day on NFC readers that were already there and already working. It is a good question, because it means that either Apple or the vending company was actively blocking it.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I meant to say interesting question. It really doesn't matter either way to me, as I already had the functionality.

30. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

NFC terminals have been around for a decade. I've been using Google wallet on NFC vending machines for years and NFC cards even longer. Apple pay has been around for months. You misunderstood what I meant. Why was Apple blocking certain NFC terminals for the months it's been live. Are they continuing to block other NFC terminals? Why? How is this not an anti-competitive move? Granted, PA isn't the best source.

31. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

From what I know about NFC terminals, it's not that Apple blocks it. But the software/backend of those NFC terminals do have to be updated so the money transfer is redirected through Apple when ApplePay is used.

35. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

There is absolutely no back-end end for the NFC reader to update. In fact, the vending company has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's handled by a massive corporate payment processor and is highly regulated and/or the terminal manufacturer (which there is only one of). The only thing it reads is a virtual credit card number (Apple refers to it as a token). Now that I've thought about it, it was 100% Apple selectively blocking NFC terminals to leverage their payment system. Smart business move. How unfortunate for the consumer. For as much as ApplePay gets right, it gets some wrong too.

41. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The massive corporate payment processor still has to include AppePay as an allowed payment method. Also some retailers have selectively blocked ApplePay from working on their POS systems. I am not saying it wasn't Apple, but it's not 100% sure Apple was doing the blocking.

45. Somebody995

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Yep, just as secure as their nudie-pics storage system.

32. willard12 unregistered

Ummm, it had nothing to do with attracting banks. EMV standard for payments begins in September and Apple didn't feel the need for providing it until just before they could make money from it. I'm betting that all of the major banks invest in Apple and Apple would have a tougher time convincing Darkjeddi and Mxy to buy an iphone than they would of convincing a bank to support Apple Pay.

19. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

"Why is Apple Pay not already open to every NFC terminal???" Simple, Apple wants to monetize a free system. With a little marketing magic millions of people will be paying appe to use their own money. I'll just use my google wallet NFC card, or my lg g3 for free. No thanks, Apple.

20. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Is it really Apple blocking certain terminals? Do we know this for sure? If so, I guess that is better than vendors/retailers blocking ApplePay. Maybe? Either way, I don't like any of this...

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31311; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

First of all you need an NFC capable Apple device, and you're not an Apple fan, so you wouldn't have one. 2nd of all, you coulda just said "I'll just use my google wallet NFC card, or my lg g3 for free.", and left out the rest. We know you hate Apple.

36. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

I know what I could've done, thanks porch monkey.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31311; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You mad bro?

46. g2a5b0e unregistered

You had nothing better to say, so you decided to resort to a racist comment. You are the worst kind of pitiful. Hope you get banned for that. Reported.

39. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Yeah, how dare he raise a valid complaint and discuss it in a mature and professional way. He made excellent points that really can't be disputed, and yet you STILL give him s*** and act like a pompous ass because you have an iPhone. You always say people have a right to voice their opinion blah blah, yet unless it's "go apple GO!" you pout and act like a child because "we're jealous". He must not have gotten the memo that members are only allowed to mindlessly circle-jerk to every bullsh*t move apple makes. The man-child who thinks he runs the site says so.

43. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Actually you can already do that. I use my apple pay now to pay at vending machines at my college. I did the same thing with soft card and my credit card.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Ruh Roh, someone's gonna get fat with new found freedoms!

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nailed it lmao!!

5. engineer-1701d unregistered

Great so when I use my Google wallet at the for machine for water I will see a stupid apple sticker. I have never seen a person use apple pay yet. I don't think they know how to use it. Or could be there mom's and dad's didn't put any money in the bank account

38. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

hit nail on head

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