Best Buy announced today that it will begin supporting Apple Pay within its mobile app, effective immediately, and within its stores later this year. This is a major partnership for Apple, as it’s the first one with a member of MCX—the Walmart led consortium of retailers that are backing payment app ‘CurrentC.’

A Best Buy spokeswoman told Recode that “we remain invested in MCX,” but she would not comment on when CurrentC will be available to the public and if the electronics retailer would accept it at launch. “We are actively monitoring their pilots,” she said. “It’s too early to declare whether we will take it at launch.”

MCX first gained notoriety last fall when two of its members, CVS and Rite Aid, turned off Apple Pay support after briefly accepting the iPhone-based payment system. The group has been backing the development of an app called CurrentC, a more complex mobile payment solution that was hacked last October.

Best Buy closed out today’s press release by saying that Apple Pay is just the most recent move in a larger effort to implement new tools that will enhance its customers’ experience on mobile. In fact, the retailer will be opening a new “technology innovation office” in Seattle this summer to help them achieve that goal.

You can find the latest version of the Best Buy mobile app in the App Store for free.

Source: Best Buy, Recode

  • This is clearly a big loss for MCX. I still do most of my offline gaming and tech purchases there, as do a lot of people. More choices for the consumer is always better.

    • Chris

      I consider MCX a dead concept, it’s clear that if they couldn’t launch their product by now; it’s not good enough for the mainstream market.

  • Eikast

    Great news. I really love shopping at Best Buy. They price match Amazon and they have pretty good warranty deals on “certain” items. For example, I had two problems with a Samsung sound bar. I made my money back by saving money to ship it to Samsung. It just depends on the item.

    • Rowan09

      Best Buy match offer is the best. I always go there and get an average of $10-$15 off a product. I never shopped there much until they started this program.

  • Jeremy Spencer

    They have NFC terminals in Canada

  • Tommy Gumbs

    Thanks forcan article thats not about the watch! Looking forward to actually using Apple pay. My banks have not allowed it yet.