Apple Pay Officially Launches in Austria

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple Pay officially launched in Austria this morning. Apple's mobile payment system is now supported by the country's largest bank Erste Bank und Sparkasse, as well as German-based mobile bank N26, allowing customers to add bank cards to their digital wallet.


    Apple says additional Apple Pay partners "coming soon" to Austria will include Bank Austria, Boon, Edenred, Revolut and VIMPay.

    Last month, both Erste Bank und Sparkasse and N26 banks announced that Apple Pay was coming to Austria, with support for Maestro, Mastercard, and Visa debit and credit cards.

    Apple Pay first launched in the United States in October 2014 and is also available in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, France, Japan, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Ireland, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook last month said Apple Pay will be available in more than 40 countries and regions by the end of 2019.

    Article Link: Apple Pay Officially Launches in Austria
  2. Arni99 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2011
    Vienna, Austria
    Finally! Already used it this morning with my Apple Watch and it worked flawlessly.
  3. jdmachogg macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
    It's also available in Germany.

    Your editing is getting sloppy eh :D
  4. Zeca macrumors newbie


    Dec 6, 2017

    36 countries as per apple site; plus Austria today!

    I guess smaller countries does not count for macrumors!
  5. kloib macrumors newbie


    May 29, 2018
    Salzburg, Austria
    I am curious to see if Raiffeisen will be joining the Apple Pay crew here in Austria. They support it in all other countries that they operate
  6. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
  7. 2181 others macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2019
    The Netherlands
  8. NBAasDOGG macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2017
    Apple please, when do we get it in South Sudan? We are far more advanced than the Netherlands...
  9. Rub3n NL macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2015
    It has nothing to do with ‘advanced’. Finance is the problem.
    Financial infrastructure in the netherlands is very cheap. And Apple... well Apple doesn’t do cheap...
  10. sh65746153 macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2017
    what is „bankcard“ standing for? is that a stand alone card like the Sparkasse „girocard“ in Germany? thanks

    would be interesting because girocard is still not support in Germany, but a lot of people using bank accounts of their local Sparkasse.

    Sparkasse = very trustworthy bank, that is strictly regulated by law and often the local politics
  11. RomanEmpire macrumors member

    May 29, 2018
    Bankcard is just their word for their DebitCard

    BTT: finally - took only ages to arrive.
    Now give us LTE for Apple Watch ;-)
  12. Starflyer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2003
  13. verpeiler macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2013
    Munich, Germany
    Not in Germany.
  14. skipper63 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2010
    When it comes to the population, which I guess is the interesting figure for Apple Pay, there are at least 16 countries listed here, that are much smaller than Germany.
  15. twolf2919 macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2014
    I've wondered this before: is "Now available in XXX" (fill in your own country for XXX) just an advertising device to indicate that there's now a local bank that has a deal with Apple? I mean, did Apple Pay (and Google's solution) not work in country XXX at all the day before? The contactless terminals obviously were in place before? In the US, I think individual merchants had to decide to turn off acceptance of ApplePay - before they did, paying with ApplePay was actually possible (e.g. the infamous act by CVS shortly after ApplePay became a thing).

    Similarly, we see announcements that ApplePay is coming to various transit systems - do they really mean ApplePay specifically or any contactless phone-based payment method (such as Google Pay)?

    I ask because I'm curious, but also why we never hear announcements about Google Pay "Now available in XXX".
  16. MisterSavage macrumors 65816


    Nov 10, 2018
    This confused the heck out of me initially when I saw people complaining that Apple Pay wasn't available in the Netherlands when I used it there to pay without issue. But I was a tourist from the USA who didn't sign up for it there.
  17. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    Home is everywhere and nowhere.

    I say this over and over again, Apple Pay does not bring anything substantial to The Netherlands, The Netherlands has one of the best systems in the world, there’s little to add, I am as fast if not faster paying with my card and we won’t have to worry too much about security, the banks pay if our cards get compromised.
    In the states on the other hand...:rolleyes:
    (Used to be crap)
  18. kloib macrumors newbie


    May 29, 2018
    Salzburg, Austria
    Edit: In Poland and Russia. Still curious to see what their stance is
  19. Rub3n NL macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2015
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    I totally agree. Dutch banks would offer Apple Pay as another contactless service though, if Apple wasn't charging for each transaction.
  20. DeltaSVO macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2013
    This confuses me a bit. Does this mean that only cards from this bank are allowed to be used with Apple Pay throughout Austria? Doesn't the terminal accept contactless regardless of country?

    If I have a ton of my USA-based credit cards linked to my Apple Pay account, could I use those throughout Austria at any POS terminal that has the )))) symbol?

  21. twolf2919 macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2014
    While it is true that you don't have to worry much about paying for fraudulent charges - this is also true in the US where, granted, it's more likely due to the still ubiquity of mag-stripe cards - it is an additional hassle to contest charges. But, more importantly, it is a huge cost for the bank. Yes, ApplePay charges something like a 0.125% transaction fee that comes out of the bank's ~2% that comes out of the ~3% the merchant gets charged, it should be a no-brainer for the bank to support ApplePay as it pretty much completely eliminates unauthorized charges.
  22. TheAustrianGuy macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2010
    At last. Finally.

    And I already got used to it within a single day. More than convenient.
  23. Romeo_Nightfall macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2018
    Thats a real great thing, where Apple should put most attention. They could wipe out the entire banking industry if they wanted too
  24. GroningenNL, Apr 25, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2019

    GroningenNL macrumors member


    Jun 2, 2015
    And still keeps on waving....
    --- Post Merged, Apr 25, 2019 ---
    looking at how many people are opened an Italian Binq account so they can use Apple Pay in the Netherlands, there is anything substantial to bring to the Netherlands.

    According to Rabobank a bank from the Netherlands it's all about the costs and Apple want too much.

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