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Job Listing Confirms Apple Pay Expansion is Underway, Led by London Team

Apple's newly introduced payment initiative Apple Pay is currently only available in the United States, but the company has said that it is "working hard" to bring the feature to additional countries.

A new job listing for an Apple Pay Intern (via iClarified) seemingly confirms Apple's efforts to expand its payments service, stating that Apple Pay is "set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa."

According to the job posting, the Apple Pay intern will join a London-based Apple Pay team that will facilitate the rollout of Apple pay to various countries by working with "Issuers, payment networks and merchants across Europe."

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Apple Pay is a new and exciting area in Apple that is set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. Apple Pay will change the way consumers pay with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into their iPhone 6 or Apple Watch to pay in an easy, secure, and private way. The new London-based Apple Pay team will work to drive the roll-out of this technology across EMEIA by working with a variety of internal and external partners, including teams in the US where the product will first launch and the EMEIA organisation, as well as Issuers, payment networks and merchants across Europe.
While a timeline for a possible Apple Pay release in additional countries is unclear, Visa has previously said that it is working with Apple to roll out Apple Pay across Europe in 2015. Alibaba is also said to be in talks with Apple over a potential partnership to provide a payments solution for China.

Though limited to U.S. credit cards, Apple Pay already works in other countries at NFC-supported point-of-sale systems, so once banks sign on, an expansion of the program into international countries may be a relatively simple process for Apple.

Update: Apple has removed the job listing from its site.

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26 months ago
Canada will probably get this when we get iTunes Radio, in spite of basically every pin pad having NFC.





....never.

;)
Rating: 11 Votes
26 months ago

"set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa."


But not Canada. Once again Apple ignores their closest neighbours.
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Rating: 6 Votes
26 months ago
Apple Pay should be available in Canada in 2015. Hopefully sooner than later.
Rating: 5 Votes
26 months ago
How about Canada 'eh... Still waiting on iTunes Radio, Beats Music, etc...
Rating: 5 Votes
26 months ago
Australia first please. We have the largest NFC install base of any western country.
Rating: 4 Votes
26 months ago



That said, if you're thinking about those "tap" terminals for your cards there are two camps VISA and MC. Each terminal can only take one type of the credit cards but not the other. But yeah your argument is true, we're only 35 million+ which is about the size of a city or two in countries like India, China, etc. etc.


This is completely untrue.

There is Visa PayWave, MasterCard PayPass and Interac Flash
All NFC hardware will support any of these.

Source: I work with Chase Paymentech and am very familiar with the hardware and its capabilities.
Rating: 4 Votes
26 months ago
and once they get to the club cards, I can dispense with a wallet and go money clip!
Rating: 4 Votes
26 months ago

Australia first please. We have the largest NFC install base of any western country.


I doubt it.

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We have had contactless here in Britain for a good few years but people still prefer chip and pin.

Contactless is still widely available but people just don't tend to use it - I wonder if this will all change with Apple Pay ??


Currently the terminals themselves are limited usually to £20. Which is quite reasonable because you can use them with a stolen card and nothing else. They'll have to change that in their terminals, so that Apple Pay has a more appropriate limit. After all, you can't steal my iPhone and use it to pay so with Apple Pay, it is much much more safe to say that it is the actual holder of the credit or debit card account who is paying, or someone with their permission.
Rating: 2 Votes
26 months ago

They have to weigh the possible revenue based on the potential subscriber base against the effort.

35 million people live in Canada. The population of every larger european country is bigger than that. There's 60 million people in Italy, 80 million in Germany, 66 million in France. 64 million in the UK. So why should Apple prefer Canada just because it's closer? Trust me, even if Canada were on the other side of the planet, Apple execs could hear the whining coming from all the Canadians in this thread who think they deserve preferred treatment. Proximity is not a requirement for that.


I understand what you're saying but what about Mexico. One of the biggest countries in the western hemisphere and I don't hear much about them going into that market either. Sure Canada is smaller in population than some of the places Apple is aggressivly pushing into but there's no language barrier (most of Europe), there's a stable regulatory system (China) and it's fairly affluent (Africa). I just have a feeling that Apple is a bit far sighted and is overlooking good markets closer to home.
Rating: 2 Votes
26 months ago


You guys seriously aren't able to use Apple Pay here? Am I missing something?


Apple Pay only works with credit/debit cards issued by a US Bank that has implemented the EMV tokenization standard. Australian (and Canadian, and European) banks haven't yet implemented this standard, so Apple Pay doesn't work for cards issued by those banks.

You apparently have a US bank-issued credit card. iPhone 6 users all over the world have reported that Apple Pay works, as long as they load a US bank-issued card (that supports Apple Pay).
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