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Du starts accepting Apple Pay for top-ups and bill payments

UAE-based operator Du says its customers can pay their bills or recharge their accounts via Apple Pay. Apple Pay is available for Du customers to pay their Du bills and top up their lines through the self-service Du app, using credit cards stored on their Apple devices.

 

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Security and privacy are at the core of Apple Pay. When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers.
Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

The contactless payment service, where your phone acts like a bank card, is available to customers from six banks here in the Emirates: Mashreq, Emirates NBD, Emirates Islamic, RAK Bank, HSBC, or Standard Chartered.

You’ll need an iPhone 6 or later, and for your iOS to be up to date. Setting up Apple Pay is easy – go to the Wallet app in your phone and follow the instructions for adding a card. Once you’re good to go, you’ll just need to hold your phone near the card reader and verify your purchase with either your thumbprint or your passcode (so you know it’s safe to use).

Apple’s competitor Samsung launched Samsung Pay in the UAE in April.

Here are some details about using Apple Pay in the UAE:

  • Supported Banks: Many banks in the UAE issuers cards that can be used with Apple Pay, including Emirates NBD, Dubai Islamic Bank, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, and HSBC https://support.apple.com/en-ae/109516.

  • Transaction Limits: The contactless payment limit for Apple Pay in the UAE is 500 AED (UAE dirham)

  • Security: Apple Pay uses secure fingerprint or face recognition technology to verify your identity, so you can pay without having to share your card details with the merchant.

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