Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay are all reportedly expanding to more European markets. Apple Pay is expanding to Italy and Ireland while Android Pay has launched in Belgium. Samsung Pay, on the other hand, is adding Sweden to its list of supported countries.
Apple Pay Comes To Ireland And Italy
Reports suggest that Apple Pay will start its Ireland support March 7. Specifically, the payment service is starting with two banks - UlsterBand and KBC. These two financial institutions are multi-national banks and already support Apple Pay in other markets.
Italy is likewise expected to support Apple Pay in the coming days. Phone Arena said that right now, the Italian Apple website already shares the details regarding the mobile payment service. Additionally, bank names have likewise been revealed ahead of the Apple Pay's Italy launch. It was said that UniCredit, Carrefour, and Boon will be the first banks to support the Apple service in the country.
Android Pay And Samsung Pay Hitting More European Android Phones
Android Pay is now in its tenth supporting country. As per GSM Arena, Google has launched its payment service in Belgium wherein up to 85,000 retailers will now be accepting Android Pay. Banks like BNP Paribas Fortis, Fintro and Hello will all be supporting Google's mobile payment service in the country. Carrefour, McDonald's, H&M and Media Markt, among other retailers will accept Android Pay as well.
As for Samsung Pay, reports suggest that the service will be launching in Sweden soon. It was said that there could even be a March 9 event in the country to reveal all the details about Samsung Pay. Samsung's service is currently supported in over ten countries worldwide with the most recent addition being India. There are still no clues as to when the service will launch in Sweden but reports suggest that it will be in 2017.