Apple Pay still has quite a few markets to launch in, but Apple is consistently working to close that gap.
According to the Belgian newspaper De Tijd, Apple is finally rolling out its mobile payment option in Belgium on Wednesday, November 28. The paper’s report comes from unnamed sources, and they say that Apple Pay’s initial deal is with BNP Paribas Fortis, which is the region’s largest banking establishment. Unfortunately, at the time of this report, there is nothing official, so it’s possible that the launch date may change.
If, or when, Apple Pay does launch in Belgium and BNP Paribas Fortis is indeed the launch partner, then there are a variety of Mastercard and Visa credit and debit cards for customers to choose from, so it won’t be limited in scope when it comes to card support.
When Belgium does arrive on the list of Apple Pay supporting countries, then it means that this would mark the 30th market for the mobile payment option in its global expansion. The mobile payment option recently launched in Germany, for instance. The rollout has been a slow one, but that hasn’t stopped Apple’s excitement for the service or platform.
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Update: As reported, Apple Pay is now live in Belgium. The launch partners include BNP Paribas, Fintro, and Hello Bank.[via De Tijd]