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Apple Pay Launches in The Netherlands With Dutch Bank ING

Apple Pay officially went live in The Netherlands today, with Dutch bank ING leading the charge to bring Apple's digital payment system to debit and credit card users in the country.


With Apple Pay on iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac, ING bank customers with Maestro debit cards in The Netherlands can make purchases with their digital wallet in stores, in apps and on websites.

ING customers can activate Apple Pay in the ING Mobile Banking App and add their debit card to the Wallet. Apple Pay works wherever it is possible to make contactless payments, in web shops and in apps.

According to Apple's regional Apple Pay web page, Apple Pay can be used in The Netherlands with several online and high street retailers including Adidas, ALDI, Amac, ARKET, BCC, Burger King, Capi, cool blue, COS, Decathlon, Douglas, H&M, Jumbo, Lidl, McDonalds, Starbucks, and others.

Apple Pay has been gradually expanding across Europe and the Middle East, launching in Poland, Norway, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Austria, and Iceland over the last year. Up until today, The Netherlands was one of the most populous countries in Europe that was still awaiting Apple Pay.

(Thanks, Melvin!)



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1 week ago
Finally we are accepted as First World citizens here in the Netherlands :p

oh, for those who don't know where to find The Netherlands, we are that little dot somewhere in the middle of Europe (use the zoom function on your iPhone :cool: )

And no, we are not the capital of Copenhagen.
Rating: 18 Votes
1 week ago

Finally we are accepted as First World citizens here in the Netherlands :p

oh, for those who don't know where to find The Netherlands, we are that little dot somewhere in the middle of Europe (use the zoom function on your iPhone :cool: )

And no, we are not the capital of Copenhagen.

A little dot where the word « freedom » still means something ;)
Rating: 5 Votes
1 week ago

Finally we are accepted as First World citizens here in the Netherlands :p

oh, for those who don't know where to find The Netherlands, we are that little dot somewhere in the middle of Europe (use the zoom function on your iPhone :cool: )

And no, we are not the capital of Copenhagen.


would have never imagined the Dutch being self-conscious about their placement on the globe and in general
Rating: 5 Votes
1 week ago
Hey people, if Apple Pay is not faster than card and it makes no difference for you and you don't care about it, why are you wasting your time here?
Rating: 3 Votes
1 week ago

Having had contactless payment in the NL for years, I'm not sure this adds much? Now I have to pull out my phone, or tap on my watch to call something up and then hold it near the device. Instead of holding the payment card/physical wallet to the device.

Holding the wallet near the reader is problematic since I have 4 contactless cards in my wallet. So you'd have to take the card out of the wallet first.

The biggest advantage though is not having to bring my wallet at all. Especially in summer when wearing shorts a wallet is a heavy, bulky thing to carry around.
Rating: 3 Votes
1 week ago

And no, we are not the capital of Copenhagen.

It's better than "Oh my gawwwwddd I just love it sooo much here in the country of Amsterdam!"
Rating: 3 Votes
1 week ago
What is taking ING so long to roll this out in Germany ...
Rating: 3 Votes
1 week ago

Personally, I don't have much patience with people who complain about how hard and annoying it is to pull a card out of a wallet and how amazing Apple Pay is for that reason.


It's not like anyone is making you do it. Please stick with what works for you.

It's not hard to pull my keys out of my pocket to start my car but I'd never want to do it again now that I have a car with push button start. It's not hard to pull my phone out of my pocket every time I want to see who texted me but I'd never want to do it again now that I have an Apple Watch. The same goes with paying with a physical card now when I'm able to use Apple Pay.
Rating: 2 Votes
3 days ago at 04:43 am

Not needing Car keys and reading text is a lot more convenient than using ApplePay compared to paying with a card, you've probably read my posts so you know it is not faster, convenient..yes, slightly more secure (There's no risk paying for lost money here, banks pay)..kinda, faster...Nope.

There's another thing, we don't complain about these non issues here, not saying you do.
Some things seem to be very convenient but are in fact not, like using an App to control your Tv or *Philips Hue (Z-wave is much better).


*Haha, philips is Dutch.

It's your opinion but in my eyes not correct...

If I go to the supermarket I have to pick my card from my bag and put in my pocket.
Then get it out of my pocket to pay in the supermarket en most likely have to use a pincode.
Then put it back into my pocket.
Then at home remove it again from my pocket and put it somewhere in my bag again.

Apple pay on the watch, I'm always wearing it so no extra steps taken and don't have to think of anything.
Just double click the button and pay, so yes it is FASTER.
Rating: 2 Votes
1 week ago

At least here in the U.S., the difference between a debit card - Maestro for you (almost no transaction fee) and credit card transactions can be 2-3% of the transaction...so I can see the merchants or banks (whoever would be on the hook for that transaction fee difference) wanting to keep it Maestro if possible.


For the banks in Europe the difference is absolute 0.1% (0.2% debit, 0.3% credit). MasterCard Debit / Visa Debit is the way to go, since the card schemes want to get rid of Maestro/VPay mid-term. Historically that was diffeeent and Maestro was slightly less expensive.
Rating: 2 Votes

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