Apple Pay Debuts in Norway With Nordea and Santander

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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!)

    Article Link: Apple Pay Debuts in Norway With Nordea and Santander
  2. MaximTV macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2016
    Apple Pay launch in Germany tomorrow? Nope, of course not!

    It'll most likely never launch here..
  3. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    Perhaps this is because Apple only wants to enroll ancient creditcards instead of debitcards?
  4. TrulsZK macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2018
  5. Lioness~ macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2017
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    Have launched in Sweden, sure, but really not. One bank, or less, not supporting mine or my cards. So pretty useless.
  6. Pupi macrumors regular


    Apr 12, 2015
    I use a debit card from Nordea Bank with Apple Pay in Finland.

    Same card that is pictured in this article/thread, in fact.
  7. Benjamid macrumors member


    May 15, 2016
    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.
  8. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    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.
  9. Sankel macrumors member


    Dec 3, 2012
    Not to be rude or anything, but the Apple Pay rollout in Europe has been very bad and slow as heck.
  10. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    As I said yesterday in the other thread, you can blame the banks.
  11. foobarbaz macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    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.
  12. twinlight macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2016
    Updated my Nordea app two hours ago and saw that Apple Pay was added. Immediately enrolled my debit card. I have waited for this day for 4 years! I might have to go shopping.
  13. NBAasDOGG macrumors regular


    May 27, 2017
    You lucky bastard :D
  14. actcyclist macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2017
    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.
  15. Nuvi macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2008
    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.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 20, 2018 ---
    Sure you can! Nordic countries have everything better. ;)
  16. votdfak macrumors regular


    Mar 15, 2011
    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).
  17. vegardhw macrumors newbie


    Oct 2, 2010
    Hehe, that sums it up ...
  18. silvetti macrumors 6502a


    Nov 24, 2011
    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.
  19. Aslevik macrumors newbie


    Jan 25, 2005
    Oslo, Norway
    Hell yes! And sbanken also! (though not right now)
  20. Rafa_uk macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2018
    They seem more interested in becoming a financial company than a computers company.

    Apple pay everywhere but when new macs and MacBooks?
  21. TrulsZK macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2018
    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.
  22. roanmy macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2011
    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. :/
  23. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Honestly, I know no shop not accepting a credit card.
  24. Benjamid macrumors member


    May 15, 2016
    Jepp, moved from Germany to Norway. Alcohol is expensive and no Amazon, rest is lovely!
  25. truthertech macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2016

    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.

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