CVS Stores Reportedly Disabling NFC to Shut Down Apple Pay and Google Wallet

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this week, pharmacy chain Rite Aid shut down unofficial support for the Apple Pay and Google Wallet mobile payments systems, resulting in an outcry from users who have been testing out Apple's new system since its launch on Monday. Rite Aid was not an official Apple Pay partner, but the payments system generally works with existing near field communications (NFC) payment terminals anyway, and many users had had success using Apple Pay at Rite Aid stores early in the week.

    It now appears that fellow major pharmacy chain CVS is following suit and as of today is shutting down the NFC functionality of its payment terminals entirely, a move presumably intended to thwart Apple Pay. Google Wallet services are obviously also being affected by the move.

    Multiple reports on Twitter and the MacRumors forums have indicated that CVS has sent an email to its stores indicating that NFC support is to be turned off. It is still relatively early in the day in the U.S., but we are now starting to see reports of NFC indeed being turned off at CVS stores.

    The reason behind Rite Aid's and CVS's moves to disable unofficial Apple Pay support in their stores is presumably related to their participation in Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a retailer group developing its own mobile payments system known as CurrentC. A claimed internal Rite Aid message shared with SlashGear supports this notion, instructing cashiers to explain to customers that Apple Pay is not supported but that MCX's solution will be available next year.

    Rite Aid internal memo regarding Apple Pay

    Rite Aid's and CVS's moves are also in stark contrast to competitor Walgreens, which has fully embraced Apple Pay and is one of Apple's launch partners for the service. With over 8,000 stores around the United States, Walgreens has been one of the most popular locations for those testing out Apple Pay over the first week of availability.

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  2. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    I don't shop there but I suspect some will stop shopping there now, like they did Rite Aid. Just why would you stop money coming into your business?
  3. Alphabetize macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2013
  4. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Why the hell would I want to use their mobile wallet versus Apple Pay? I'll go to Walgreens across the street, thanks.
  5. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I have been a CVS customer for YEARS. Going to switch to Walgreens. This is ridiculous.
  6. hexor macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2002
  7. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    So this is a competition thing now. Completely excluding a form of payment because they want to use their own system.
  8. VictoryHighway macrumors member


    Jun 22, 2008
    Hopedale, MA
    It looks like the retail industry is fighting back at Apple for usurping their "Merchant Customer Exchange" CurrentC project.
  9. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Welp, now I know I'm going to Walgreens whenever i need something from a drugstore.

    And for those who insist on saying that "Apple users don't rule the world," that's now what this is about. A payment system of ANY kind cannot work if merchants intentionally to choose to fragment things. This is just as if RiteAid/CVS decided they accept Visa and MasterCard, but ONLY Visas from Bank of America, or Mastercards from CapitalOne. Not because of some inherent issue with the technology, but SOLELY because they decided that they want to impose their own.

    Apple doesn't force merchants to not accept other forms of payment. CVS and RiteAid should at least act in good faith and do the same.
  10. zelman macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    I find it funny that the first nationwide company to support NFC is doing this.
  11. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  12. BigHonkingDeal macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2009
    Fort Pierce
    I think they don't like that they have no access to the credit card info..... they rather use that for marketing and hackers that hack their systems :rolleyes:
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    Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    This is bad for Apple, they will have to prove themselves or Apple Pay will be thwarted deliberately. They shouldn't need to disable payment to compete. These are unfair tactics.

    And why not "disable" paying with cash and cards as well? Let's all just wait for CurrentC. :rolleyes:
  14. AllieNeko macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2003
    No surprise here, it was non-functional at CVS here yesterday as I noted. Everyone jumped on me for reporting it...
  15. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    I'm sure behind the scenes MCX is applying the pressure. Maybe threatening legal action. I'd guess CVS would like to make payment as easy as possible for all its customers.
  16. Cyberstven macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2012
    I was walking my dog yesterday and realized that I needed to pick up a birthday card. I didn't bring a wallet, so I walked by a local cvs and used apple pay to purchase. They would have lost this business if not for this technology.
  17. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    I've been using Apple Pay at Walgreens since launch and will continue to do so.
  18. PhoneI macrumors 68000

    Mar 7, 2008
    which nobody ever used, and has zero shot of ever being widely used.
  19. MadDog31 macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
    I'm assuming it's because they also want to collect data on their customers? I'll gladly shop Walgreens/Duane Reade.
  20. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Milwaukee Area
    I don't know why every retailer doesn't start their own payment method. Sounds brilliant! Or just start their own bank and demand their customers keep all their money there.

    Or better yet, as is traditional in the US, each location have their own currency, and if someone attempts to travel from one town to the next, keep a huge book with exchange rates in it and make them convert their purchase prices themselves.

  21. scitech macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011

    Such douchebags. Can not use ApplePay but you can use our own sucky service... next year... or maybe the year after.
    Sayonara Rite Aid, CVS, you are pissing off some of your wealthiest customers.
  22. ninjadex macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2004
    And how are customers going to pay using their soon-to-come mobile payment system? By opening up a CVS or CurrentC app? Wow sounds convenient. No thanks.
  23. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I used it at CVS twice yesterday
  24. Rainbow Evil macrumors member

    May 13, 2014
    This is definitely not Sparta, it's just madness...

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