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Apple today officially released Apple Pay in Mexico, offering users the ability to easily pay with their iPhone, Apple Watch, and online on their Macs with supporting banks.

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At launch, Citibanamex, Banorte, American Express, and MasterCard customers can use Apple Pay in Mexico, according to Apple's website.

Last year, Apple updated the Apple Pay webpage on its Mexican site to say the feature would not be available until 2021. The small correction came after reports in March that users in Mexico were beginning to see Apple Pay prompts within the Wallet app on their iPhone.

Apple users and customers of supporting banks can go to the Wallet app on their iPhone to add their credit/debit card for easy and contactless payments. The card can also be synced with an Apple Watch for easier, contactless wrist payments.

Today's Apple Pay launch in Mexico was tentatively hinted at yesterday by Appleosophy.

Article Link: Apple Pay Launches in Mexico
 
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TurboJobo

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I been using apple pay since it came out in the USA in Mexico all the time where they have nfc payments available with an American cradit card, the title should say mexicans banks now are able to use apple way!
 
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lartola

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I been using apple pay since it came out in the USA in Mexico all the time where they have nfc payments available with an American cradit card, the title should say mexicans banks now are able to use apple way!
So have I since 2016, but the addition of support for some cards issued in Mexico is welcome. Besides, this means we will now be able to use it online on some mexican apps/websites too. It’s worth to note that, as of 5:00 am, no one has been able to add a mexican card yet. So far, users are only reporting that they now see the option in Wallet.
 
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jsn7

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So have I since 2016, but the addition of support for some cards issued in Mexico is welcome. Besides, this means we will now be able to use it online on some mexican apps/websites too. It’s worth to note that, as of 5:00 am, no one has been able to add a mexican card yet. So far, users are only reporting that they now see the option in Wallet.
I was able to add a card successfully (Citibanamex)
 

lartola

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I was able to add a card successfully (Citibanamex)
As of 6:35 am, I have also been able to add and activate my citibanamex perfiles card on both iphone and apple watch. Attaching screenshot. Worth to note that my devices are set to US region because I was already using apple pay with cards issued there, so Apple Pay does allow to have cards from multiple countries at the same time unlike other wallets such as samsung pay.
 

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apparatchik

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Does anyone with experience with NFC payments in Mexico know of which shops you can use it consistently at? i.e. Walmart, Mega, Extra? or perhaps which POS terminals to look out for?

I have a contactless enabled card and have yet to use it once, seems like the biggest hurdle for contactless payments resides on the merchants, as they seem to lack any training or knowledge about it, or outright don't support it.

Due to the pandemic, there's very little outside shopping done on my part (and I would assume for most people as well), basically just groceries. Everything else I buy online. Hopefully adoption will get a push now with Apple Pay.
 

lartola

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Does anyone with experience with NFC payments in Mexico know of which shops you can use it consistently at? i.e. Walmart, Mega, Extra? or perhaps which POS terminals to look out for?

I have a contactless enabled card and have yet to use it once, seems like the biggest hurdle for contactless payments resides on the merchants, as they seem to lack any training or knowledge about it, or outright don't support it.

Due to the pandemic, there's very little outside shopping done on my part (and I would assume for most people as well), basically just groceries. Everything else I buy online. Hopefully adoption will get a push now with Apple Pay.
You can start with these, advertised on apple’s website:
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In addition to those, you can also use apple pay at La Comer group (which owns and operates all La Comer, City Market, Fresko and Sumesa stores), Farmacias Guadalajara, Autozone and Costco.

Most businesses using standalone terminals can take it too, but at those places it might be harder to use because the cashiers often don’t know how to handle contactless payments.
 

MetalMac

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Does anyone with experience with NFC payments in Mexico know of which shops you can use it consistently at? i.e. Walmart, Mega, Extra? or perhaps which POS terminals to look out for?

I have a contactless enabled card and have yet to use it once, seems like the biggest hurdle for contactless payments resides on the merchants, as they seem to lack any training or knowledge about it, or outright don't support it.

Due to the pandemic, there's very little outside shopping done on my part (and I would assume for most people as well), basically just groceries. Everything else I buy online. Hopefully adoption will get a push now with Apple Pay.
I was on the same boat. At least in Baja, most big chain stores don't have or don't advertise (and therefore are not trained to use) NFC payments, so you have to rely on smaller businesses using the bluetooth POS terminals like iZettle, Clip, etc. Those work flawlessly, I hope they quickly add Apple Pay to the list. Usually, if they have it, you will see it advertised on the list of cards they accept. I hope with Apple Pay entering the market, the big chains will step up their game.
 

lartola

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I was on the same boat. At least in Baja, most big chain stores don't have or don't advertise (and therefore are not trained to use) NFC payments, so you have to rely on smaller businesses using the bluetooth POS terminals like iZettle, Clip, etc. Those work flawlessly, I hope they quickly add Apple Pay to the list. Usually, if they have it, you will see it advertised on the list of cards they accept. I hope with Apple Pay entering the market, the big chains will step up their game.
read my previous post. I mentioned there some of the big chains taking nfc payments where you can try apple pay, including a couple of them not listed on apple’s website.

On another note, I’ve noticed Mexico doesn’t get apple pay on the web for now, only in apps and in person.
 

apparatchik

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read my previous post. I mentioned there some of the big chains taking nfc payments where you can try apple pay, including a couple of them not listed on apple’s website.

On another note, I’ve noticed Mexico doesn’t get apple pay on the web for now, only in apps and in person.

Sadly, none of those business I shop at, I don't think they're even open for walk-in customers ATM. I might have more luck with the mentioned iZettle, Clip, etc terminals as some eateries in my neighborhood use those.

I don't think Ive seen 7-Elevens here in Queretaro, we have a slew of Asturianos (part of Extra and Circle K I think) and my two nearby supermarkets are Mega (I think Mega is now part of Soriana ¿?) and Walmart/Sam's stores, alas nearby pharmacies are Farmacias del Ahorro, etc.

Surely both the supported banks/cards and businesses will only grow from here on.
 

lartola

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Sadly, none of those business I shop at, I don't think they're even open for walk-in customers ATM. I might have more luck with the mentioned iZettle, Clip, etc terminals as some eateries in my neighborhood use those.

I don't think Ive seen 7-Elevens here in Queretaro, we have a slew of Asturianos (part of Extra and Circle K I think) and my two nearby supermarkets are Mega (I think Mega is now part of Soriana ¿?) and Walmart/Sam's stores, alas nearby pharmacies are Farmacias del Ahorro, etc.

Surely both the supported banks/cards and businesses will only grow from here on.
No, there are no 7-eleven stores in Queretaro, I know it from a friend who lives there, but you do have farmacias guadalajara as well as the La Comer, Fresko, City Market and Sumesa supermarkets or Costco where you could try apple pay. Autozone has stores in Qro too I believe, and does accept apple pay.

As for the Mega stores, you are correct: they do belong to Soriana since 2016. And while you can’t use apple pay at Soriana in-store (their system declines all contactless payments), you can certainly use apple pay to pay for their super en tu casa deliveries.
 

lartola

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Does anyone know if that includes Apple Pay via iMessage ?
No it doesn’t. For now it’s only the basic functionality of adding cards and paying in apps and at physical locations we’re getting. No apple pay on the web, No Apple Cash (that’s the one via imessage) and no Apple Card in Mexico for now.
 
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Strozzascotte

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I tried a MasterCard and didn’t work.
A message popped out saying only Citibanamex, Banorte, and American Express are supported at the moment.
 

lartola

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I tried a MasterCard and didn’t work.
A message popped out saying only Citibanamex, Banorte, and American Express are supported at the moment.
Correct. Support is only for Mastercard cards issued by Citibanamex and Banorte, not for other mastercards from other banks. Support for Apple Pay is provided by card issuers, not by the network operators.
 

apparatchik

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Hope to see BBVA and Santander Mexico in the future.

I would guess BBVA will come onboard rather quickly, as they already have a page mentioning Apple Pay, problem is, most of BBVA's cards are Visa (both debit and credit), so, we'll have to see which cards get supported initially and wether your's specifically gets support.

 

lartola

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I would guess BBVA will come onboard rather quickly, as they already have a page mentioning Apple Pay, problem is, most of BBVA's cards are Visa (both debit and credit), so, we'll have to see which cards get supported initially and wether your's specifically gets support.

I wouldn’t bet on BBVA. They don’t support any 3rd party mobile wallets -neither apple pay nor Google Pay nor Samsung Pay- in any of the countries where they have a presence except for Spain (their home country) and the US (where supporting mobile wallets is practically an operational requirement), and even in those countries they adopted the mobile wallets several years after their official launches and much later than other banks, so to expect them to support apple pay in Mexico doesn’t make much sense. Least of all when Samsung Pay has been available in Mexico for over three years and they still refuse to support it.
 
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slcoss

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I have Banorte but there, only Mastercard is available for Apple Pay. Hopefully soon they add Visa too.

I hope that with the arrival of Apple Pay in Mexico, it makes contactless payments more common and banks start implementing it more in stores.
 
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