Apple Pay recently made a debut in Singapore with its trusted partner, American Express. The service may soon be expanded to Spain and Hong Kong. But before these countries, the service has entered Australia. This time, Apple does not have to depend on American Express to offer its mobile payment service to Australians as one of the largest banks in the country, ANZ, has extended its support to Apple Pay Australia.
ANZ has in a statement confirmed that their customers with Visa Debit Card, ANZ American Express credit card or a debit card can now use Apple Pay. But yes, you need to have either iPhone 6 or a later version of iPhone, iPhone SE would also work. Speaking about the support extended to Apple Pay Australia, Shayne Elliott, ANZ Chief Executive Officer said, “I’m proud we’re the first major Australian bank to offer Apple Pay and we are confident the convenience, security, and privacy will be well received by our customers.” He further added, “The introduction of Apple Pay is a significant milestone in our strategy to use digital technology to provide our customers with a superior experience and will be a watershed moment in the adoption of mobile payments in Australia.”
The support from one of Australia’s largest banks is a great move but it would be excellent if Apple Pay Australia gets support from other financial institutions like National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank, and Westpac. When Mashable Australia approached Commonwealth Bank, a spokesperson said, “Commonwealth Bank already provides a digital wallet experience for our customers through our CommBank app. We are constantly assessing the best payment solutions for our customers, including Apple Pay.”
As Samsung Pay is also heading to Australia, Apple Pay Australia need to speed up as Samsung is already set to snatch Apple’s market in all the domains.
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