Australian Beau Giles Credit Card

When Apple Pay launched yesterday, it did so within the confines of the United States. Given the amount of hype and the positive experiences from those who used the service, it’s no question that many of our friends outside of the United States would love the opportunity to use Apple Pay.

As reported by Mac Rumors, an Australian by the name of Beau Giles was able to successfully use Apple Pay by changing the region of his iPhone from his home country to the United States. Changing the phone’s region to the United States on an iPhone running iOS 8.1 enables Apple Pay, and thus allows for the adding of supported credit cards to the Passbook app.

Since Apple Pay plays nice with the already existing NFC terminal infrastructure—think Visa’s payWave, or MasterCard’s PayPass—it shouldn’t be too difficult to locate a merchant with a supporting payment processing terminal.

But that’s, of course, the easy part. You’ll still need to have a U.S.-issued credit card from a bank that supports Apple Pay. And you’ll also have to consider the fees that are associated with using the card in foreign territories.

Still, it’s nice to know that the option exists for those fortunate enough to have both an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and a U.S.-based credit card in their possession. It’s also good news for U.S.-based travelers who would like to go abroad and use Apple Pay. Again, you’ll have to consider any fees, but many credit card companies have low-fee, or in certain circumstances, no fee options for some of their credit cards when traveling to other countries.

Do you live in a country outside of the United States and own an U.S.-issued credit card? If so, would you consider trying Apple Pay now?

[Beau Giles via MacRumors]

  • Dany Quirion

    Was obvious

  • Alatoerka

    No thanks we will wait two years in Europe. When we have our iPhone 7 we will try it.

    • Jason Baroni

      No, thanks. We will wait 7 years in Brazil when we have our iPhone 13.

      • Jeffrey

        iPhone 9s (Plus) to be exact hahah:P

      • Jason Baroni

        I am sure the rumors will point to both of these names, Jeff hahahahaha

      • Jeffrey

        Hahah yeah if not more:P

    • My thoughts exactly. The US as always will be on top with support for the latest cutting edge technology while the rest of the world waits in limbo before deciding whether or not to support such advances in technology.

      • Virus

        Most of the world already uses chip and pin im surprised the US is still using the magnetic strip

      • Jeffrey

        Yup, true, I’m very disappointed that such a large company as Apple can’t simply focus a bit more on supporting other countries and languages instead of setting their new features aside and starting to work on new features for the next OS. In this case, Google does it way better.

      • @dongiuj

        Japan was 8 years earlier than America on this type of pay. Not really “latest cutting edge” anymore.

    • Jeffrey

      2 years, IF we’re lucky! Think about Siri, when it was initially released Apple announced that a lot of other languages would be supported in the next few years. I thought: WOW! I’m going to be able to use Siri in my native language within 2 years max! Now, 3 years later, I still have to use English since there are only 19 languages (including dialects). I am very disappointed and I hope Apple Pay, Siri and even iTunes Radio will soon be available in my country.

  • Brandon

    Absolutely, I live in Brazil and am picking up my iPhone 6 Nov.3. Hope to be able use it here in São Paulo.

    • Jason Baroni

      Only hope, Brandon. I am brazilian and local tech blog confirmed yesterday that you have to get an american card to use it.

      • Brandon

        That’s tough. Luckily I still have my account active in the US. You might could get one though just by visiting. I have a friend in my home city, she’s been there a year just with a tourist visa. She got a state ID card. I wonder if she can apply for a credit card.

      • Jason Baroni

        I think so. Excuse me, but where do you live in Brazil? I am from Sao Paulo. If you need anything, keep in contact.

      • Brandon

        Yeah. I’m in Brooklin. I appreciate it.

      • Jason Baroni

        Oh! I am near, around Congonhas airport. Pretty near hahaha so I know my country offers no support at all to foreigns, so if you need something, keep in touch!

    • Jeffrey

      Of course not hahah, haven’t you read articles about Apple Pay? Only US is supported at the moment.

  • InfinitePlusOne

    I’ll try and check with UK card if it works. Also how do u change the phone region. ?

    • Jeffrey

      Settings–>General–>Language and Region

  • @dongiuj

    Nah, no rush, it’s old tech now. Let the Americans deal with any defaults the apple version may have THEN bring it to the rest of the world.

  • Trevor Salmon

    I still can’t get my AMEX on my phone. Everything adds fine, and i get the verification code sent to my phone. When I type that in, I get an error message saying “Could Not Verified Card. Try again in a few minutes or contact your card issuer” I have tried about 10 times with the same result. So frustrating.

    • RuddyN

      So contact your card issuer.

      • Trevor Salmon

        I did and was on the phone for 45 minutes and they couldn’t figure it out. They are suppose to call me back when they figure it out.

      • What they mean by this is “We don’t know what’s wrong so will call you back if we somehow figure out what’s wrong but since we don’t know we probably won’t call you back”

      • Jeffrey

        Beautiful summary!