Busy week for Apple Pay adding countries, but no sign of new Spanish banks

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Busy week for Apple Pay adding countries, but no sign of new Spanish banks
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Apple Pay is close to its fourth year and still continues its international expansion. This is because it is a service that requires the affiliation of financial entities in each country, which favors its slow deployment. However, this week is being one of the busiest for Apple Pay in recent months. Something that could indicate imminent movements in the Spanish banking system.

Apple Pay arrives in Poland and Norway

Last Monday, Apple Pay landed in Poland. And it did so through eight banks operating in the country : BGZ, BNP Paribas, Bank Zachodni WBK, Alior Bank, Raiffeisen Polbank, Nest Bank, mBank, Bank Pekao and Getin Bank. An important amount to be launched and with a significant weight in the country.

The next day, Nordea and Banco Santander announced the support of Apple Pay in Norway. Santander is also the first bank to bring Apple Pay to Spain by the end of 2016 and is gradually bringing the service to its subsidiaries around the world.

Today, Wednesday, Apple’s mobile payment system reached 34 other banks and savings banks in the United States. These are very small and local entities, but very important for the system to reach all customers in the country. In total, USA has 2.525 financial entities that support Apple Pay.

As if this were not enough, it is rumored that this payment system will arrive at the first bank in the Czech Republic in August, with an imminent announcement. And as the icing on the cake, the well-known financial and banking app Revolut launched a tweet that could be interpreted as the arrival of Apple Pay on its platform.

Four Spanish banks on the waiting list

At the beginning of spring , the Spanish Apple users had some good news. The financial entities Bankia and Banco Sabadell announced their intention to officially support Apple Pay. These are two very important banks in our country, one of the few survivors of the financial crisis and subsequent privatization that the sector suffered.

The launch of new Spanish banks to Apple Pay is imminent

A month later, we saw the second largest entity in the market join the club: BBVA . This new incorporation was accompanied by Banca March, which was much smaller in size. But since the end of April, we haven’t had any more news about it.

BBVA, Bankia, Banco Sabadell and Banca March are still on the waiting list to officially adopt Apple Pay. Seeing the news in several countries and so often, it would not be strange to see an imminent launch for their customers. With these, there would already be 22 financial entities supporting Apple Pay in Spain.

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