Apple Pay Launches in France and Hong Kong

Apple Pay Launches in France and Hong Kong

July 26, 2016         Written By John H. Oldshue

Apple Pay continues its global expansion with debuts in Hong Kong and France. The launches occurred within hours of each other, and both are on the heels of the expansion to Switzerland.

In Hong Kong, users can now upload Visa and MasterCard payment cards issued by DBS, Hang Seng Bank, Bank of China, HSBC and Standard Chartered to their mobile wallets. They may also use American Express-branded cards. There will be options for more financial institutions in the near future, such as the Bank of East Asia.

In France, users can load MasterCard and Visa payment cards from Caisse Epargne, Banque Populaire, Carrefour Banque and Ticket Restaurant. France has a smaller network of retailers who currently accept Apple Pay, but they should be expanding that as more people begin to adopt this mobile wallet.

While the major focus of Apple Pay’s recent expansion is on the Asian and European markets, there are plans in place to move into “every significant market” around the world. Currently, the service is available in the United States, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, and China, in addition to the new services in France and Hong Kong.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of July 26, 2016. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.


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