CVS starts accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay in nationwide pharmacies

CVS starts accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay in nationwide pharmacies
The world’s most popular digital wallet solution appears to have slowed its global expansion pace lately, focusing instead on improving an already impressive US footprint. 

In addition to dozens of new banks joining the official Apple Pay supporter list pretty much every month, the Cupertino-based tech giant has recently managed to score major coups with long overdue Costco and 7-Eleven partnerships.

While Target and Walmart continue to resist the trend, CVS is finally throwing in the in-house mobile payment app towel. Prepare to say goodbye to CVS Pay (if you even knew such a thing existed), and hello to Apple Pay prescription filling, as promised just a few months ago.

Perhaps feeling the heat from arch-rival Walgreens, the largest pharmacy store chain in the United States is not looking to play favorites in the battle for digital wallet supremacy, simultaneously embracing Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay. 

It’s all for the benefit of the customer, be it a Galaxy fan, iOS devotee or an Android user owning an NFC-capable phone from a different manufacturer. 

It’s worth remembering that CVS Pharmacy actually disabled the NFC chips of its early payment terminals to resist the rise of Apple Pay and try to get CVS Pay off the ground, using a now-defunct platform called CurrentC. That wasn't such a great idea, now, was it?

source: PhoneScoop

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19 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1515; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I’m missing something here? Because i had been use NFC payment at CVS 3 years or more.

2. Landon

Posts: 1219; Member since: May 07, 2015

Samsung Pay has been available here ever since Samsung Pay came out.

3. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Apple Pay is the best!!

5. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If you bury your head in the sand (or, in your case, in the RDF) so you can't see Samsung Pay.

8. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Nah, Samsung pay is trash.

15. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As I said, unless you're snuggled deep in the RDF, and have no interest in reality.

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Please dont respond to any of his posts. As he stated from his own mouth, he is just here to troll. Don't feed the troll. We already know what works best and we don't have to say it. It's always the little crowds with the big frikkin mouths.

4. nikhil23

Posts: 411; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Not sure about Apple or G pay but my Samsung pay has been working fine at CVS for about 2 years now.

19. andynaija

Posts: 1230; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Samsung Pay has been working because of MST, Google and Apple Pay utilize NFC.

6. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As others have said, Samsung Pay has been working at CVS for years. A few places seemed to have blocked it early on (like Home Depot, where it works now), but it's always worked at CVS.

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 1785; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Not true, here in the tri state area (NY, NJ,CT) not even Samsung pay would work at CVS, the terminals were blocked to any contactless payments except that CVS one that nobody used.

14. blac.inc

Posts: 56; Member since: May 16, 2018

Just because you had one experience doesn't mean others shared the same.

16. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except that Samsung Pay uses NFC and MST, which they didn't block, thus Samsung Pay has worked at CVS from day one. And, I'm in NJ. I've been using it at CVS since I first got it.

7. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5465; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I'm glad vendors in my country just accept NFC payments and it doesn't matter if it's Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay or just the bank's app/card that handles the NFC payments. It works with all of them.

9. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Samsung Pay has already been working. What they have done is upgraded terminals to accept them all officially. Smart move, hopefully others will follow. Out customer Foot Locker is upgrading nearly 5000 stores to officially be able to accept all forms of mobile payments.

17. droiduh

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Few years ago, I started seeing Apple Pay, Android Pay, and PayPal everywhere. Fast forward to today, (as far I know) none of them places I go to accept (options disabled or removed) ANY of them even though they still have stickers showing they accept it. I asked why? They responded: 1) Few people used it. 2) Doesn't work. 3) Oh you can?.

18. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've seen a small uptick in number of places that take NFC based payments. Speaking of PayPal, I just got 2500 bonus points for 5 PayPal purchases through Samsung Pay.

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