In a rather major announcement Monday, Discover, a notable Apple Pay holdout, said it will be joining the Apple Pay party this fall. The move will permit Discover cardmembers in the United States to make contactless payments in participating stores through Apple Pay using their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.
As a bonus, Discover cardholders will continue to receive current benefits when using Apple Pay. This marks the last of America’s four major credit card networks joining Apple’s mobile payments initiative.
In addition to paying in stores, “millions of cardmembers” can also use Apple Pay with their iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 when paying for goods and services within apps beginning this fall, said the company.
Discover will be joining Apple’s proximity mobile payment system called Apple Pay “in the future,” allowing iPhone 6 and Apple Watch owners to pay for goods and services using Discover’s credit cards stored in the Passbook application, the company confirmed in a tweet last evening following Apple’s press conference.
”No need to worry,” reads the tweet. “We are in discussions with Apple to add Discover cards to Apple Pay in the future”.
Great news Discover cardholders, the credit card company pushed out an update to its iOS app today that includes support for Apple’s Passbook. Discover Mobile 4.10 allows Discover users to turn their Cashback Bonus rewards into eCertificates, which can then be transferred to the digital wallet…
In another sign that the industry has high expectations for mobile payments, four major carriers in the United States along with Google and a bunch of other players have struck a mobile payments alliance called Mobile Payments Committee.
The initial members include carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile USA, but also Google, Isis, VeriFone and PayPal, in addition to financial institutions Wells Fargo and Capital One plus credit card giants American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.
Apple is conspicuously absent from the list, as is mobile payment startup Square, which last week announced an interesting partnership with Starbucks. The iPhone maker, of course, is believed to be putting NFC circuitry inside the next iPhone and just recently acquired NFC and smart sensors maker AuthenTec for $356 million…