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Apple Partnering With American Express to Bring Apple Pay to Canada, Australia, Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong

During today's earnings call for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a partnership with American Express that will bring the Apple Pay to customers in "key global markets."

Under the partnership, Apple Pay will be available to eligible American Express customers in Canada and Australia later this year, and access will expand to Spain, Singapore, and Hong Kong beginning in 2016.

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Since its launch in the United States in 2014, the international rollout of Apple Pay has been slow. Customers in the United Kingdom gained access to Apple Pay in July, but aside from the U.S. and the UK, Apple Pay has not yet expanded to additional countries.

It is not clear when other banks and credit card companies in Australia, Canada, and other above listed countries will begin accepting Apple Pay, making the initial Apple Pay rollout in those countries somewhat limited.

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12 months ago
I'm Canadian and I don't think I know a single person using an American Express credit card.

Here half of retailers accepting credit cards don't accept Amex, which makes it not super useful. Everybody seems to be using Visa or MasterCard.

This is also not useful for Americans visiting Canada since they could already use ApplePay here.

So yeah, it's pretty pointless... I'd be curious to know if this is also the case for the other listed countries.
Rating: 17 Votes
12 months ago
Hopefully the banks of Australia suck up their pride and give in soon after.
Rating: 11 Votes
12 months ago
Ugh pathetic for Australia. Partner with the banks instead.

Amex is probably the least used, most over priced and definitely the least accepted credit card company in Australia.

Hopefully the banks, many of whom already offer NFC payments to Android customers through their own apps and universally by adhesive NFC tags, will get off their little moral high horse and let Apple in for a bit!
Rating: 9 Votes
12 months ago
I am guessing canadian banks are holding it up and so they can do Amex because Amex doesn't operate through banks in Canada. Unfortunately most retailers have tap to pay in Canada and most of them also don't accept Amex cards due to the high fees and low penetration in the canadian market
Rating: 6 Votes
12 months ago
Good move....AMEX for the most part is issued directly by AMEX and not other banks. So Apple has lined them up to get a toe into these other markets that seem to have a large network of locations that will work with NFC payments. Then hopefully the local banks will feel pressured to also get in on ApplePay with their Visas and MCs.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago
Sigh Apple, get your **** together. No one uses AMEX in Canada, work out something with the banks! Tim Cook may be a great businessman, but when it comes to negotiations, he is way worse than Steve Jobs.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago

I'm Canadian and I don't think I know a single person using an American Express credit card.

Here half of retailers accepting credit cards don't accept Amex, which makes it not super useful. Everybody seems to be using Visa or MasterCard.


I'm pretty sure it's well above 75% or 80% who don't accept Amex. And since Costco switched its card from Amex to MasterCard, everyone I know who had an Amex card has cancelled their cards and switched to either MasterCard or Visa.

This joke is even more frustrating than no announcement at all.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago
Woohoo! This is awesome. Amex is my main cc so this works great for me. I wonder how long for support from Canadian banks.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 months ago

I am guessing canadian banks are holding it up and so they can do Amex because Amex doesn't operate through banks in Canada. Unfortunately most retailers have tap to pay in Canada and most of them also don't accept Amex cards due to the high fees and low penetration in the canadian market


Seems like a big assumption. Many Canadian banks have been found with Apple Pay wording already on their websites, seemingly released prematurely in preparation for  Pay.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 months ago
With that leaked TD Apple Pay page, I'd say the banks are coming pretty soon. Hopefully it's still November, like the WSJ was saying. I mean, why would TD go through the time to build graphics and pages for their Apple Pay support if it wasn't coming soon?
Rating: 3 Votes

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