Apple Pay expands to Swedbank customers, UniCredit & Raiffeisen Bank in Austria, more

Apple Pay is now available to customers of Swedbank in Sweden and elsewhere, as well as to those who do their banking with UniCredit Bank and Raiffeisen Bank in Austria.

As noted by MacRumors, Swedbank customers can now add their Mastercard credit cards and Maestro debit cards to the Wallet app on their iPhone and use Apple Pay to make contactless payments in stores, apps and on websites with their iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch.

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Lotta Lovén, Head of Digital Banking at Swedbank, said in a press release:

We want to be able to provide our customers a good range of digital and mobile services and ‌Apple Pay‌ is a sought-after service among our customers. We are pleased to now be able to broaden our mobile payment offer with yet another secure and smart alternative, which will provide lots of added value for our customers.

Some people have reported seeing the announcement in Swedbank’s app in Latvia and Lithuania so this announcement may actually affect multiple countries where Swedbank has a presence.

Apple Pay is now also available via K&H Bank in Hungary and the following banks in Belarus.

  • Alfa-Bank
  • VTB Bank (Belarus)
  • Belagroprombank
  • Belarusbank
  • Belgazprombank
  • BPS-Sberbank
  • BSB Bank
  • MTBank
  • Priorbank

And in Malta, Apple Pay will soon be supported by Bank of Valetta, expanding options for customers. Apple’s mobile payment system is currently supported in Malta by Monese and Revolut.

‌The Apple-branded mobile payment service debuted in Sweden back in October 2017. The addition of Swedbank in Sweden means that Apple Pay is now available to an additional 4.1 million customers in the ten million people country. Moreover, UniCredit Bank AustriaRaiffeisen Bank, Volksbank, Sparda Bank and Apothekerbank all announced their support for Apple Pay in Austria.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the Apple-branded mobile payment service should be available in more than 40 countries and territories by the end of this year after launching in the United States more than five years ago in October 2015.