Apple Pay Expands to Switzerland
Apple Pay has expanded once again. Last Thursday, the mobile wallet became available in Switzerland, in addition to the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, the U.K. and China.
According to the Swiss website for Apple Pay, the mobile wallet supports Visa and MasterCard products from Bonus Card, Cornercard, and Swiss Bankers. The app is compatible with any retailers that accept contactless payments, including Aldi, Spar and Mobile Zone.
Apple first announced the Swiss launch in June, along with plans to further expand to France and Hong Kong over the next few months. There are no set dates for the launches in the other two countries at this time.
Apple Pay works on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone SE, as well as devices compatible with those phones (like the Apple Watch). Apple Watch users can pair their watches with an iPhone 5, even though it does not have NFC technology. They can use the contactless feature through the watch just like they would with an iPhone 6 or newer models.
While the number of retailers who work with Apple Pay in Switzerland are fairly limited, users can still make purchases on their iPhones or iPads through many mobile apps. Apple Pay is the first mobile wallet to reach Switzerland, beating competitors like Samsung Pay and Android Pay.