Apple Pay Debuts in Norway With Nordea and Santander

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Just a day after launching in Poland, Apple Pay has debuted in Norway, bringing the total number of supported countries and regions to 24 by our count. Apple has updated its list of participating banks to note that Nordea and Santander Consumer Finance are currently supported in Norway.


Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Apple's earnings conference call last month that Apple Pay would be launching in Ukraine, Poland, and Norway in the near future, and with the addition of Norway today those promises have been fulfilled. Apple Pay launched in Ukraine just over a month ago.

(Thanks, TrulsZK!)

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Lioness~

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Have launched in Sweden, sure, but really not. One bank, or less, not supporting mine or my cards. So pretty useless.
 

Pupi

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Perhaps this is because Apple only wants to enroll ancient creditcards instead of debitcards?
I use a debit card from Nordea Bank with Apple Pay in Finland.

Same card that is pictured in this article/thread, in fact.
 

Benjamid

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Apple Pay launch in Germany tomorrow? Nope, of course not!

It'll most likely never launch here..
One of the reasons I moved from Germany to Norway:) besides better pay, more attractive population, more epic landscape, wide support for electric mobility (tons of Teslas over here:).
Finally we have Apple Pay while under the shadow in Germany shops still struggle with credit card support. But you can comfort yourself with cheap alcohol... Great country.
 

Merkie

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I use a debit card from Nordea Bank with Apple Pay in Finland.

Same card that is pictured in this article/thread, in fact.
Then it's a mystery to me why countries like Germany are left out of the picture. Roll-out is dictated by Apple and not the banks.
 

foobarbaz

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Then it's a mystery to me why countries like Germany are left out of the picture. Roll-out is dictated by Apple and not the banks.
Not all debit cards use the same technology.
A regular Visa card can be credit or debit card. But there's also V-Pay and Maestro. And German banks push their own system (which consequently is the most common in Germany) called Girocard (or specifically Girogo for contactless)

iOS only supports EMV credit cards (even if they really are debit cards). iOS 12 will add support for V-Pay, Maestro and Visa Electron.

Support for Girocard is rumored to be a negotiating point between Apple and the Banks, as are distribution of fees.
 

actcyclist

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I found Germany had the lowest acceptance of credit cards for small purchases of any country I've been to since India. However, most of everything else like transport was years ahead of what I've got in Australia. Can't have everything I suppose.
 

Nuvi

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Perhaps this is because Apple only wants to enroll ancient creditcards instead of debitcards?
Nope, I have both debit and credit card on ApplePay. 99% of my purchases are made on debit. I have to say ApplePay works great in Nordic countries. We have contactless everywhere and every single place accepts ApplePay. I don’t use regular cards anymore.
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Can't have everything I suppose.
Sure you can! Nordic countries have everything better. ;)
 

votdfak

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If you want Apple Pay that bad (fans from Germany), you can always use boon. (little bit of sacrifice needed, but it's worth it).
 

vegardhw

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One of the reasons I moved from Germany to Norway:) besides better pay, more attractive population, more epic landscape, wide support for electric mobility (tons of Teslas over here:).
Finally we have Apple Pay while under the shadow in Germany shops still struggle with credit card support. But you can comfort yourself with cheap alcohol... Great country.
Hehe, that sums it up ...
 

silvetti

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Then it's a mystery to me why countries like Germany are left out of the picture. Roll-out is dictated by Apple and not the banks.
Not sure if you are right on that, as far as I remember banks were mostly resisting to this because of the middle man fee Apple takes.
 

Rafa_uk

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They seem more interested in becoming a financial company than a computers company.

Apple pay everywhere but when new macs and MacBooks?
 

TrulsZK

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If you want Apple Pay that bad (fans from Germany), you can always use boon. (little bit of sacrifice needed, but it's worth it).
Just closing my Boon. account, Have been using boon. here in Norway since it has been available.
There a more sacrifices of using boon. in Norway than Germany. Namely international payments and using Euros (instead of Norwegian Krone) including transfer fees both ways, still worth it.

Also all my payments have been made to an account in Germany so using boon. in Germany has no sacrifices, other than opening another bank account.
 

roanmy

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Yay! However, I have Danske Bank, and given that they don't support it in Denmark or Sweden yet, I doubt I'll be able to use Apple pay any time soon. :/
 

Mike MA

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One of the reasons I moved from Germany to Norway:) besides better pay, more attractive population, more epic landscape, wide support for electric mobility (tons of Teslas over here:).
Finally we have Apple Pay while under the shadow in Germany shops still struggle with credit card support. But you can comfort yourself with cheap alcohol... Great country.
Honestly, I know no shop not accepting a credit card.
 

Benjamid

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Nope, I have both debit and credit card on ApplePay. 99% of my purchases are made on debit. I have to say ApplePay works great in Nordic countries. We have contactless everywhere and every single place accepts ApplePay. I don’t use regular cards anymore.
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Sure you can! Nordic countries have everything better. ;)
Jepp, moved from Germany to Norway. Alcohol is expensive and no Amazon, rest is lovely!
 

truthertech

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Then it's a mystery to me why countries like Germany are left out of the picture. Roll-out is dictated by Apple and not the banks.

No, you have it exactly backwards. Apple would roll it out to every country overnight if that is all it took. LOL. it takes first and foremost getting sufficient portions of the banking system signed on. Apple can't force them to. Banks are giving up a tiny portion of their fees, generally about 15 cents on a 100 dollar purchase, but some fear losing any money and most importantly their "monopoly" control. That's what happened, for example, in Australia, where the 3 biggest banks are still fighting it, while one major bank and many small ones signed up to make Apple Pay possible there.