Apple Pay Expands to Norway; Launching Soon in the Czech Republic

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After launching Apple Pay in Poland, Apple has now launched its mobile payment service in Norway. Initially, Apple Pay in the country will be supported by Nordea, Santander, and Sbanken for Visa cardholders. For Nordea customers, MasterCards will also work with Apple Pay issued by the bank.

During Apple’s Q2 earnings call, Tim Cook mentioned that the company would be expanding Apple Pay to Ukraine, Poland, and Norway soon. The mobile payment service launched in Ukraine soon after, and it has now launched in Poland and Norway.

That’s not it though as Apple is seemingly also preparing to launch Apple Pay in the Czech Republic. In the country, Apple Pay would be supported by Moneta Money Bank as reported by SmartMania. The report cites that Apple Pay would launch in the country in August.

Our Take

Apple has been rapidly expanding the regions supported by Apple Pay in recent months. The company has so far managed to launch its mobile payment service in most of the developed markets of the world, and its time it focuses on bringing Apple Pay to other developing nations as well. The biggest hurdle with Apple Pay is that it relies solely on NFC, unlike Samsung Pay which uses MST to work with older PoS terminals. The latter managed to get its hands on the technology when it acquired a startup called LoopPay in 2015.

How happy are you with Apple Pay? Is it even available in your country?

[Via SmartMania]

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