Chase Launches 'Chase Pay' Payments Service to Compete with Apple Pay

touch_id_chase_handJPMorgan Chase & Co today announced plans to launch its own payments service to compete with Apple Pay, reports Re/code. The news comes courtesy of Chase CEO of Consumer and Community Banking, Gordon Smith, who announced "Chase Pay" at the Money20/20 payments conference in Las Vegas.

Chase Pay will work via QR code instead of over NFC, allowing customers to make purchases with their smartphones by showing a QR code to a cashier. If that sounds a lot like the MCX Consortium's upcoming CurrentC platform, it's because Chase is partnering up with MCX for its payments service.

The MCX Consortium, which promotes the QR-based CurrentC app and payments service, consists of collection of merchants like Walmart, Target, Sunoco, Kohl's, Best Buy, Rite Aid, CVS, Lowe's, Sears, Shell, Michaels, 7-Eleven, and more. Once available, CurrentC will be available as a payment option in all of these retail locations, as will Chase Pay.

In some of these stores, customers will be able to pay by showing a QR code within the Chase Pay app. In others, Chase customers will have to use Chase Pay inside MCX's own CurrentC app. It's not clear which of the MCX member retailers will support which method.

CurrentC has been in development for multiple years, giving Apple Pay an edge with its earlier release timeline. While most MCX members were originally subjected to an exclusivity agreement, that has since expired, leading several MCX Consortium members to offer support for Apple Pay. Chase itself also supports Apple Pay, allowing Chase credit cards and debit cards to be used with Apple's payments service.

CurrentC and Chase Pay are both slated to launch in 2016.

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Top Rated Comments

slprescott Avatar
90 months ago
Dear Chase,

If you abandon Apple Pay, I will abandon you. You lose.

- A paying customer of yours
Score: 67 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Patriot24 Avatar
90 months ago

Chase Pay will work via QR code
NEXT.
Score: 63 Votes (Like | Disagree)
akm3 Avatar
90 months ago
Oh boy, another DOA payment system.
Score: 57 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dlewis23 Avatar
90 months ago
As a Chase customer I'm rather annoyed they waste there time with this stuff. Instead of giving people a batter interest rate or improving customer service they waste money on these stupid things no one is going to use.
Score: 47 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rdlink Avatar
90 months ago
IT Guy: Hey Boss, I know that our cards are supported on Apple Pay, and it's a convenient, secure and simple way for our customer to use them. But we have developed this confusing, kludgy competitor that is less secure and less user friendly.

Boss: Cool, let's do it.

Customer: Yawn.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mcdspncr Avatar
90 months ago
Sounds confusing... Said everybody everywhere...
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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