After a Very Long Wait, Apple Pay Launches on an Official Basis in Germany

Apple’s mobile payments service has finally been introduced in Germany, more than 4 years after first being introduced in the United States. At launch, approximately 15 banks and a large number of well-known shops will be participating. A disagreement with various banking institutions regarding fees was the cause of the delayed debut.

Throughout the past few months, rumours regarding the launch of Apple Pay in the nation have been circulating. Customers of American Express, Commerzbank, Comdirect, Deutsche Bank, Hanseatic Bank, HypoVereinsbank, Edenred, and Fidor Bank can begin using the service as of today. Other banks that provide it include Comdirect and Deutsche Bank. Integration is also offered by financial institutions such as American Express, Mastercard, and Visa, in addition to mobile banking services such as Boon, Bunq, N26, o2, Square, and VIMpay.

At launch, merchants such as Aldi and Lidl, as well as the supermarket chain Kaufland, the pharmacy chains Rossmann and DM and DM, as well as the grocery store chain Kaufhof, as well as the clothing brands H&M, Esprit, C&A, and Zara, will accept payments. The only thing that is required of customers to use the service is to present their mobile phone or wristwatch to a terminal that processes payments.

Tim Cook has made some good on his pledge that Apple Pay will be available in Germany by the conclusion of this year, which he originally made back in July 2018. It is now one of 21 countries that have access to the payments service, joining the ranks of 20 others. The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Belgium, China, Singapore, Switzerland, France, Japan, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Ireland, and Ukraine are some of the countries that fall under this category.

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