The Apple Pay service has launched in Germany, with wide support from banks and retailers.
At launch, Apple Pay in Germany is supported by the following banks according to Apple: American Express, Maestro, Boon, Bunq, Comdirect, Deutsche Bank, Edenred, Fidor Bank, Hanseatic Bank, HypoVereinsbank, N26, O2 Banking, and VIMPay. Cards issued by Visa and Mastercard are compatible.
Users on Twitter report that they are already able to successfully add compatible cards to Apple Pay in Germany, but it’s possible that the rollout is still in progress. So if you experience errors during the setup process, keep trying as the day progresses.
In terms of retailers, Apple says retailers such as Bershka, Adidas, Aldi, Aral, Cigo, Kaufland, Media Markt, McDonald’s, and more support Apple Pay right now.
Prior to Germany, Apple debuted the first-party payments solution in Belgium and Kazakhstan in late November.
With the addition of Germany, Apple Pay is now available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Singapore, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Brazil, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, Poland, Ireland, Switzerland, Japan, and Ukraine.
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Apple Pay launched domestically in 2014 with support for a handful of banks and integrations with major credit card companies. The product has since expanded to a number of countries around the world, including major markets like Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia and the U.K. With today’s availability, Apple’s payments service is available to iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac users in 33 territories.