Apple Pay Launches in Poland

Apple Pay today launched in Poland, according to reports from several MacRumors readers who are living in the country and Polish Apple site ThinkApple. iPhone, iPad, and Mac users in Poland are now able to add eligible cards to the Wallet app for use with Apple Pay.

Image via MacRumors reader Kornel

According to Apple, the following banks support Apple Pay in Poland:
  • BGZ BNP Paribas
  • Bank Zachodni WBK
  • Alior Bank
  • Raiffeisen Polbank
  • Nest Bank
  • mBank
  • Bank Pekao
  • Getin Bank
Visa and Mastercards from the above listed banks will work with Apple Pay, and several MacRumors readers have been able to successfully add their cards to their iPhones.

Apple CEO Tim Cook first promised to expand Apple Pay to Poland during Apple's earnings call covering the second fiscal quarter of 2018. At the time, he also said Apple Pay would come to Ukraine and Norway, with the payments service yet to launch in the latter country.

Following the launch of Apple Pay in Poland, Apple Pay is available in more than 20 markets, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Switzerland, Hong Kong, France, Russia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, UAE, Brazil, and Ukraine.

Apple Pay in stores is available on the iPhone 6 and later and all Apple Watch models. Apple Pay on the web and in apps is available on the iPhone 6 and later along with the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, all iPad Pro models, and Macs with Touch ID or an accompanying iPhone or Apple Watch.

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13 weeks ago

Still no Apple Pay in Germany...


this.

es ist zum verzweifeln.
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13 weeks ago
Still no Apple Pay in Germany...
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13 weeks ago
The democracy in Poland might be fresh, but so are the underlying banking systems that were developed throughout the 90's and 00's, which is why it's rolling out here right now.
The mobile payment infrastructure is exceptionally well developed, NFC terminals are in buses in some cities and I have yet to see a vendor that doesn't support contactless payments. It made absolute sense to finally launch it in Poland.
I don't know what the situation in Germany is right now, but my German and English friends are shocked how well developed the banking websites and apps are compared to the ones they use with their local banks.
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13 weeks ago
The incredible slow rollout of Apple Pay is nothing but laughable. It's been four years since Apple Pay was launched and I've not seen it being used in action once. Still no word on availability for my region either, and I live in one of the most urbanized and prosperous regions planet, where the infrastructure for contactless payments is ubiquitous and iPhones are everywhere. On a world scale, Apple Pay is nothing but a joke. Vaporware.
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13 weeks ago

How about spreading a little less cynicism on this forum? They don’t want anything but rolling out Apple Pay in as many countries as possible, as soon as possible. Given your information I’m sure they will be rolling out soon over there, just be a little more patient and be a little grateful you’re not living in my place.

I agree.
If it were up to Apple I am sure they'd flood the global market.

The villains in this case are the local banks. Some are genuinely archaic in their thinking.

But frustrating nonetheless.
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13 weeks ago
For those who don't have ApplePay yet in their respective countries, *blame the banks.


* Which is understandable.
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13 weeks ago
Better late than never, eh Poland? Good luck in the World Cup!

Na zdrowie, sto lat! Człowiek nie wielbłąd, pić musi. Rybka lubi popływać, za nas! Zdrowie pięknych pań oraz mojej żony. Chluśniem bo uśniem. Za tych co nie mogą.
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13 weeks ago

The incredible slow rollout of Apple Pay is nothing but laughable. It's been four years since Apple Pay was launched and I've not seen it being used in action once. Still no word on availability for my region either, and I live in one of the most urbanized and prosperous regions planet, where the infrastructure for contactless payments is ubiquitous and iPhones are everywhere. On a world scale, Apple Pay is nothing but a joke. Vaporware.


How about spreading a little less cynicism on this forum? They don’t want anything but rolling out Apple Pay in as many countries as possible, as soon as possible. Given your information I’m sure they will be rolling out soon over there, just be a little more patient and be a little grateful you’re not living in my place.
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13 weeks ago

I love how there's three people mansplaining how my experience isn't valid. Yes, the reading is reasonably fast, but navigating the UI (which for some reason they had to change significantly, and make more complicated) is not.

In Poland the experience hasn't changed from standard card readers - you select a ticket with buttons or touchscreen, pick a payment method (if available, you may pay both with cash and card, including inserting the card into a slot, in some cities) and pay. And it's actually easier to pay with NFC as you don't have to stick your card into a reader and enter the PIN while the bus is moving.

No, you don't need to hold your card the entire time, but how is a user supposed to know that?

Because if the user has contactless card (and in Poland most people have them as banks don't issue older cards anymore since like 2011), then he knows how to do pay with that. I have literally never seen a person that doesn't know how to pay with NFC debit card here. And the card reader has both visual and sound feedback after the transaction was done.
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13 weeks ago
Wish they’d roll out Apple Pay Cash in more markets now as well as Apple Pay itself to more countries... good to see Poland are on board now.
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