ING Belgium Announces Support for Apple Pay

ING Belgium today announced support for Apple Pay, offering the bank's customers another way to pay using contactless without needing their physical debit card to hand.

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The 1.4 million customers who do their banking via the ING Banking app will now be able to use their ING cards with ‌Apple Pay‌ to make payments even more easily, said the bank in a press release.

"We're constantly looking for new ways to help our customers manage their money even easier, and Apple Pay is a great fit," said Amaury Vanthournout, Director of Payments at ING Belgium. "We've seen a major behavioral shift among our customers as a result of the pandemic, many of whom have become hesitant to use cash. Half of all payments are now contactless, a steep rise from 13% a year ago. By introducing Apple Pay in the ING Banking app, we are seizing the momentum by offering our customers a new payment method that offers incredible ease of use in shops, online and on the go."

ING said it had recorded 51.5 million contactless payments during the first five months of 2021, compared to 21.5 million over the same period last year. The contactless payments are said to have accounted for half of all in-store debit card payments and had an average amount of €19.

With support for ‌Apple Pay‌ now live, ING customers will have the added benefit of paying for things using their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac, without having to enter their PIN, even for amounts over 50 euros.

ING already offers ‌Apple Pay‌ in the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Romania, Poland, Australia and Germany. ‌Apple Pay‌ launched in Belgium in November 2018. The digital payment method first launched in the United States in October 2014 and has since expanded to many other countries around the globe.

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Top Rated Comments

Bonte Avatar
38 months ago

They didn't like Apple Pay because in the Benelux we have horrible stuff like Bancontact and Payconiq. No one really knows how Bancontact or Payconiq work, neither how private it is, but no one seems to care.
Eventually they caved it seems.
Well, Payconiq is easy to pay between strangers. Apple Pay won't replace that.
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Eggtastic Avatar
38 months ago
Nothing to do with the actual article, but I have a question about the photo in the article.

Can someone explain the ice cream cone that appears to be going through the ice cream itself? Is it a cone on top, some new fancy hipster city styled ice cream serving I have never heard of, or bad photo shop?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jorikc Avatar
38 months ago

Nothing to do with the actual article, but I have a question about the photo in the article.

Can someone explain the ice cream cone that appears to be going through the ice cream itself? Is it a cone on top, some new fancy hipster city styled ice cream serving I have never heard of, or bad photo shop?
I think it’s supposed to show an ice cream with 2 cones, one from the bottom and one from the top, this screenshot is maybe more clear:

While I live pretty close to Belgium (actually in The Netherlands), I haven’t seen this style ice cream in real life either ?

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Damian83 Avatar
38 months ago
Wow they were fast!
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hagar Avatar
38 months ago

I will not use Apple pay untill I understand why I would put an extra layer between my bank and the recipient of the money. I can produce my bank card faster than my iphone and my bank card is also more reliable.
But your bank card also adds an extra layer: either Bancontact or the credit card company.

and I doubt you can take your bank card faster out of your wallet, register it and then enter your PIN code (when over 50 euro). Paying with iPhone or Apple Watch is much more convenient.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bonte Avatar
38 months ago
Nice, that is my bank. Time to get Apple Pay then, until now I didn't see a use case for it, that is finally changing.
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