Apple Pay has been revered as one of the more convenient ways to perform payments and transactions as you would no longer need to pull out your wallet to get cash. It is now being widely used around the United States, and just recently, the service has arrived in France and then in Hong Kong.
Apple Pay Says Hello to France and Hong Kong
According to the new French website for Apple Pay, it now shows the service to be compatible with Mastercard and Visa credit and debit cards that were issued by Carrefour Banque and Ticket Restaurant, as well as Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne, which is an assemblage that includes France’s second biggest banking group that makes up more than 20-percent of payment cards that are already in circulation. As for credit card support, there are also two other issuers in France that can be found on the list: Boon and Orange; but these are listed as “coming soon.”
In Hong Kong, the Apple Pay service works with Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards that were issued from banks Bank of China (Hong Kong), HSBC, DBS, Hang Seng, and Standard Chartered. As for the Bank of East Asia and HKT, these are also listed as “coming soon.”
Because of the new availability of the service in France and in Hong Kong, this marks the second and third new regions for Apple Pay on this month alone. Back in early July, this payments service has already expanded its doors to Switzerland.
The service has already become well-established among many banks and retailers across the United States. There are even restaurants and other types of business establishments that have support to this particular payments service. Rival services, such as those found in Google and in Samsung, ramp up their game, this payment service coming from the Cupertino, California-bsaed tech firm also needs to achieve a larger presence that could be found in other countries.
At the time of its release, there are already several retailers located in France that have joined in the bandwagon that is Apple Pay. According to the service’s website, it points to the Apple Store (of course), then there’s Bocage, Eram, Total, Cojean, and Sephora, just to name a few. There are also others that will come soon which include Galeries Lafayette and Boulanger. Consumers in France will also be able to take advantage of the service as they can add loyalty cards to the Apple Wallet app and then use them on Apple Pay.
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