After launching in Poland yesterday, the Apple Pay mobile payment service is now available to customers in Norway, a 5.2 million people country where contactless payments are widely accepted. The service recently launched in Ukraine, too.
Apple Pay on Thursday launched in Ukraine with support for credit and debit cards locally issued by the country’s nationalized PrivatBank, with support for cards issued by Oschadbank expected to follow soon.
Apple Pay is now live in Brazil, allowing customer in the 208 million people country to add cards issued from Itaú Unibanco, the 10th largest bank in the world and the biggest Latin American bank, to the Wallet app on their iPhone.
Google’s version of Apple Pay is rolling out now in Play Store and will soon include an answer to Apple Pay Cash. Like with Apple Pay, Google Pay doesn’t share your actual card number when you pay in stores.
Apple’s mobile payment service is pushing into e-commere with news that the Cupertino company is partnering with Volusion, an e-commerce platform for small businesses, to create a “Buy With Apple Pay” button for its merchants.
Facebook employees have been dogfooding WhatsApp’s peer-to-peer payments feature in India, where the app has a large user base of 200 million people. If the trial is successful, WhatsApp is likely to bring this feature to all users.