American payment services company Western Union announced on Tuesday that it now accepts Apple Pay as a way for customers to make money transfers and bill payments in the United States. iPhone users will be able to make NFC-based payments using their smartphones at Western Union's flagship locations and at kiosks in over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide.

Apple Pay support was launched at Western Union's iconic 1440 Broadway store in New York City and will be rolled out to other agent locations in the near future. The company operates over 65,000 agent locations across the United States, Canada and Mexico, processing over 242 million consumer-to-consumer transactions and moving over $82 billion in principal between customers in 2013.

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“Our customers have an expectation of using mobile technology to make money transfer service and product accessibility easier. Western Union is rising to the occasion as we harness our system with modifications to link cash and digital transfers between retail locations, mobile phones, prepaid cards, online and traditional bank accounts and ATMs,” said David Thompson, Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Technology and Chief Information Officer.

USA Technologies, a provider of mobile payment technologies for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries, also announced today that it is rolling out Apple Pay support in the United States. The move makes Apple Pay available at over 200,000 acceptance points that rely on the company's payment solutions, such as coffee shops, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment, parking pay stations and other self-serve appliances.

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wolfaaron Avatar
85 months ago
That is so riduculous as to make this funny. Either Google or CurrentC is behind this. LOL

I don't see why Google would be behind it if they were there before Apple pay. It's in their best interest for NFC to be accepted since their Google Wallet relies on it as much as Apple Pay.
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2457282 Avatar
85 months ago
I submitted this as a tip a couple of days ago, but it didn't get posted. So, I offer it for everyone's amusement:

Missouri lawmaker proposes requiring ID for mobile payments (http://fox2now.com/2015/01/22/missouri-lawmaker-proposes-requiring-id-for-mobile-payments/)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Missouri lawmaker is pushing a measure that would require identification each time a person uses a mobile payment system on their phone or tablet.

Democratic Rep. Joshua Peters of St. Louis says the bill he introduced Wednesday requires customers to show a state driver’s license or other identification when they use a mobile wallet app or other electronic payment system.

He says it will prevent fraud if the mobile device is lost or stolen.

Merchants would have to record the license or identification number or could be responsible for the illegal purchases made if a device is reported stolen.

That is so riduculous as to make this funny. Either Google or CurrentC is behind this. LOL
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4jasontv Avatar
85 months ago
I would think that Apple Pay would help circumvent Western Union.
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levitynyc Avatar
85 months ago
Oh good. A service thats used 95% for fraudulent and illegal activities now accepts Apple Pay.
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gnasher729 Avatar
85 months ago
Oh good. A service thats used 95% for fraudulent and illegal activities now accepts Apple Pay.
That's quite ignorant. If you want to send money to someone in a foreign country, Western Union is a service that makes one hundred percent sure that the money will arrive where it should arrive. It's like handing over cash in person.

Obviously like handing over cash in person, if the receiver is a crook then you'll find it hard to get your money back. That's not Western Union's fault. Don't hand over cash to strangers.

(I once noticed a random seller on eBay who put in bold letters that he wouldn't accept payment through Western Union. How clueless).
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2457282 Avatar
85 months ago
Oh good. A service thats used 95% for fraudulent and illegal activities now accepts Apple Pay.

No, there are a lot of imigrants that use this service to send money back to their families in their home country. They pay a steep price to Western Union to do this and most of them probably cannot afford an iPhone or have a bank card to link Apple Pay to.

Still, I am sure there will be a group of iphone users that will want to leverage Apple Pay at Western Union.
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