Discover Announces Apple Pay Support Beginning This Fall

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Discover announced on Monday that it will enable Apple Pay support for credit and debit cardholders at eligible financial institutions in the United States this fall. Discover will also support in-app purchases made using Apple Pay on compatible iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch.

Discover customers with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone 5 or newer paired with an Apple Watch will be able to add their credit and debit cards to the mobile payments service to make contactless payments at thousands of participating retailers and vendors throughout the United States. Discover cardholders will continue to receive current benefits, including Cashback Bonus and Freeze It security.
"As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving cardmembers secure options for using their cards and mobile devices," said Diane Offereins, Discover's president of payment services. "Discover's focus on simplicity and value for our cardmembers aligns well with the way Apple Pay makes purchases easy and convenient."
Apple Pay became available last October in the United States with support from several major credit card companies, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express, and it was reported last December that the mobile payments service supports cards that make up over 90% of purchase volume in the United States. With the addition of Discover, that figure will rise even further.

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thekeyring

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Fantastic. Apple's current services strategy seems to have drifted away from 'lots of work and a big reveal' (which works well with hardware) and moved to 'work, update, work, update'. Look at Maps and Siri. Not a word on those at keynotes yet continual improvements and looks like Apple Pay is the same. :)
 

ScottHammet

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I wonder how big the Discover market is these days. I worked bars and restaurants in the 80s and 90s in a tourist town, when the card was in its heyday, and it was only rarely used then.

EDIT: Since a picture of AMEX is being used for this article, I suppose the lack of a stock photo for a Discover card might be a good indicator. Couldn't even Shop one in.
 

mrboba1

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I think Discover is quite large. I can use mine anywhere I go, and I see quite a few people with them.

I had actually just sent a message on Friday about ApplePay support being necessary to keep me as a customer - so I guess I have my answer ;-)
 
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Nick A

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Fantastic. Apple's current services strategy seems to have drifted away from 'lots of work and a big reveal' (which works well with hardware) and moved to 'work, update, work, update'. Look at Maps and Siri. Not a word on those at keynotes yet continual improvements and looks like Apple Pay is the same. :)
While I would agree, it almost seems like Apple has forgotten about Siri. Google Now is leaps and bounds ahead of Siri in many ways at the current time.
 

Rogifan

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Still waiting for Pay to come to Target and my local grocery store. Oh and it would be nice if Panera had NFC at all their registers. The last two times I was there I couldn't pay using Pay because the register I was at didn't support it. In fact I had to hand my card to the cashier so they could swipe it. Apple shoul use whatever influence it has with Panera to improve that experience.
 

auero

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Kind of bummed that it's taking this long. Discover has become my go to card because their rewards are great for the products/services I buy. I even contemplated about getting rid of my AMEX since Discover has similar warranty/return programs.
 

Q-Dog

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Good. We use Discover all the time. Now I just need a small phone that supports apple pays.
 

Mr Fusion

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In related news, Discover sees a 500% increase in cardholders when 2 iPhone owners filled out the online application this morning...
 

Little Endian

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Meh... Never used a Discover card, rarely ever see them and personally Do not know anyone who has one. I often fancied the idea of getting a discover card but could never justify it. I have other cards issued from various banks under Visa, MasterCard, and Amex. Discover has never really been able to outdo my other cards in benefits or purpose.
 

boshii

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Meh... Never used a Discover card, rarely ever see them and personally Do not know anyone who has one. I often fancied the idea of getting a discover card but could never justify it. I have other cards issued from various banks under Visa, MasterCard, and Amex. Discover has never really been able to outdo my other cards in benefits or purpose.
I love the 5% cashback and all the discounts through shopdiscover.com (Discover Deals).
 

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Still waiting for Pay to come to Target and my local grocery store. Oh and it would be nice if Panera had NFC at all their registers. The last two times I was there I couldn't pay using Pay because the register I was at didn't support it. In fact I had to hand my card to the cashier so they could swipe it. Apple shoul use whatever influence it has with Panera to improve that experience.
Pay and NFC Phone payment support at Panera totally sucks. The one Panera where I regularly go has only one register with Pay, and that one is somewhere in the corner and usually not staffed. In the beginning when I asked for Pay they started explaining to me that it it impossible to pay with a phone and that I need either cash or a credit card. They even went the extra mile and showed me where the credit card slot is and showed how they have to slide it through and that they can't do that with a phone (they treated me like an idiot). In the many many times I go there, I was only able to pay twice with Pay - and both times the cashier stared at disbelieve at me, called over the colleagues to ask for advice and than they tried talking me into that I have now to show also my credit card and that they still need to swipe it. This is especially disappointing since Panera is a launch partner.

Apple really needs to educate their launch partners and new partners (and those partners need to educate their cashiers). Also it is not acceptable to be a launch parter and have that device turned off in the corner.
 

Rogifan

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While I would agree, it almost seems like Apple has forgotten about Siri. Google Now is leaps and bounds ahead of Siri in many ways at the current time.
When the 4S came out I remember people using Siri to ask it dumb questions and see what kind of smart-aleck or cutesy response they'd get. Unfortunately Apple doesn't help matters as they continue to focus on the witty side of Siri. That would be fine if we were seeing huge improvements in other ways buy we're not really which is a shame.
 

alfonsog

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I wonder how big the Discover market is these days. I worked bars and restaurants in the 80s and 90s in a tourist town, when the card was in its heyday, and it was only rarely used then.

EDIT: Since a picture of AMEX is being used for this article, I suppose the lack of a stock photo for a Discover card might be a good indicator. Couldn't even Shop one in.
I own a restaurant in a touristy area and its rare to get Discover cards at all, its about 2% of cards if even. Amex is about 8% with Visa getting about 70% and MC 20%. I don't think I've ever seen more than 5 Discover transactions a night in the past 10 years. We started taking credit cards in 2000.
 

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I wonder how big the Discover market is these days. I worked bars and restaurants in the 80s and 90s in a tourist town, when the card was in its heyday, and it was only rarely used then.

EDIT: Since a picture of AMEX is being used for this article, I suppose the lack of a stock photo for a Discover card might be a good indicator. Couldn't even Shop one in.
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