Tech giant Apple has rolled out its mobile payment service, Apple Pay, in Ireland that allows users to pay for goods by tapping their phone on a contactless reader.
Visa and MasterCard branded credit and debit cards issued by the KBC and Ulster Bank can be used with Apple Pay in the country. Additionally, Apple’s mobile payment system will also work with the Wirecard’s Boon prepay system.
Apple Pay is compatible with an iPhone SE, 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, or an iPhone 5 or later when paired with the Apple Watch.
Participating retailers in Ireland includes Aldi, Amber Oil, Applegreen, Boots, Burger King, Centra, Dunnes Stores, Harvey Norman, Lidl, Marks and Spencers, PostPoint, SuperValu, among others.
Apple Pay is already available in the US, the UK, China, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, and Spain.
Wirecard executive vice president for consumer solutions Georg von Waldenfels said: “By launching boon with Apple Pay in Ireland, even more users in Europe can experience a new level of mobile payments without being a customer of a specific bank. Thanks to its ease of use, boon is a state-of-the-art payment solution.”
Apple Pay is now gearing up to land in Taiwan, where seven banks have recently secured regulatory permission from the Financial Supervisory Commission to provide the payments service.