Tech giant Apple has launched its mobile payment service, Apple Pay, in Spain with support for MasterCard and American Express credit cards issued through Santander bank, Carrefour Pass and Ticket Restaurant.
Apple Pay partner MasterCard is further opening up its vast payments network for the Spanish introduction. Every purchase made using a MasterCard with Apple Pay will offer the security, benefits and guarantees of any MasterCard transaction for both consumers and merchants alike.
The launch of Apple Pay makes Spain the 13th country where the mobile wallet service is available for Apple customers.
At the outset, Apple Pay will be accepted at nearly 27 major retail outlets including Bershka, Cepsa, Cortefiel, Media Markt, Repsol and of course Apple's own brick-and-mortar stores.
At participating retailers, Apple Pay enables users to pay through a simple one-tap payment solution that uses existing NFC technology.
MasterCard general manager of Spain Ovidio Egido said: “Apple Pay and the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) give consumers a simple, convenient and secure way to shop.
“MasterCard was first in the world to offer contactless and mobile payment solutions to consumers and in Spain we have seen contactless transactions increase by 145% from Q3 2015 to Q3 2016.
“We are very pleased that MasterCard cardholders will be able to make easy and private payments with Apple Pay in Spain, with the assurance that every purchase is secure and they will receive the same guarantees and benefits they expect from their MasterCard.”
When a user adds a MasterCard credit card to Apple Pay the actual card numbers are not stored on the device or on Apple servers; instead a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the user’s device.
Apple Pay is currently available in the US, the UK, China, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Japan, and New Zealand.