Apple Pay launches in Taiwan with support for 7 banks

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in iPhone edited May 2017
Apple introduced Apple Pay to Taiwan on Wednesday local time with support for seven banks in the region, bringing the touchless payments system to its 15th market.




According to Apple's regional website, customers of Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank, Cathay United Bank, E. Sun Commercial Bank, Taishin International Bank, CTBC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Union Bank of Taiwan can provision their Mastercard and Visa cards for use with Apple Pay.

Earlier this month, six of the seven banks were granted approval by Taiwan's Financial Supervisory Commission to conduct Apple Pay operations. Standard Chartered Bank was not part of that initial list, while First Commercial Bank, which is not counted among Apple Pay's launch partners, was also granted regulatory approval.

Apple Pay Taiwan is available at 46 major retail outlets including Carrefour, Breeze, PXMart, Big City, A. Mart, Far Eastern Department Stores and more. As usual, big-name corporations like Starbucks are also on the list.

According to The China Post, which reported on the Apple Pay debut earlier today, convenience store chain Family Mart is restricting transactions to Taishin International Bank card holders. The retailer will begin accepting payments from cards issued by CTBC Bank, Cathay United Bank and E.SUN Bank in July, the report said.

The arrival of Apple Pay in Taiwan continues Apple's measured international rollout. First introduced to U.S. customers in 2014, Apple Pay has since expanded to Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.

Ireland was the most recent region to gain access to Apple Pay in early March, some three months after the service went live in Spain last year.

While Apple has not revealed future plans for Apple Pay, circumstantial evidence suggests iOS and Mac users in Germany and Italy might see the service go live soon. In February, Apple updated regional online support documents relating to Apple Pay, seemingly indicating a near future launch.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    Rock N Roll...
    Go Apple!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,498member
    A favorite deli of mine that I stop at almost daily on my way to work just upgraded their aging point of sale system and upgraded to a system by Square.  They were still getting used to the new interface when I approached and asked if I could use ApplePay instead of my credit card.  They had no idea, so I figured I'd give it a try.  Sure enough, the ApplePay transaction went through, and the folks behind the counter were asking 20 questions.  They were ecstatic to know it had the capability and eliminates a few manual items.  I recommended they should make it more obvious to people that they now have that ability.

    ApplePay is just an awesome piece of tech.  Kudos for Apple for finally bringing quick and secure banking transactions to the regular folk.

    Now lets get ApplePay at gas pumps!!
    lolliverlostkiwijony0watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 6
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,142member
    sflocal said:
    A favorite deli of mine that I stop at almost daily on my way to work just upgraded their aging point of sale system and upgraded to a system by Square.  They were still getting used to the new interface when I approached and asked if I could use ApplePay instead of my credit card.  They had no idea, so I figured I'd give it a try.  Sure enough, the ApplePay transaction went through, and the folks behind the counter were asking 20 questions.  They were ecstatic to know it had the capability and eliminates a few manual items.  I recommended they should make it more obvious to people that they now have that ability.

    ApplePay is just an awesome piece of tech.  Kudos for Apple for finally bringing quick and secure banking transactions to the regular folk.

    Now lets get ApplePay at gas pumps!!
    It wasn't Apple. It's NFC payments developed by Visa/MC. Apple just uses the technology to make it happen. 
  • Reply 4 of 6
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,792member
    sflocal said:
    A favorite deli of mine that I stop at almost daily on my way to work just upgraded their aging point of sale system and upgraded to a system by Square.  They were still getting used to the new interface when I approached and asked if I could use ApplePay instead of my credit card.  They had no idea, so I figured I'd give it a try.  Sure enough, the ApplePay transaction went through, and the folks behind the counter were asking 20 questions.  They were ecstatic to know it had the capability and eliminates a few manual items.  I recommended they should make it more obvious to people that they now have that ability.

    ApplePay is just an awesome piece of tech.  Kudos for Apple for finally bringing quick and secure banking transactions to the regular folk.

    Now lets get ApplePay at gas pumps!!
    This presents part of the problem with ApplePay. There are still merchants and customers that are totally ignorant when it comes to ApplePay. Some don't even know what the hell ApplePay is, let alone whether or not their POS system (Point Of Sale) support it. 

    Don't get me wrong...I love ApplePay and use it where I can, but I think there are so many small mom & pop shops out there that do actually support ApplePay and just don't know it. So they're also not advertising it and therefore, people aren't using it as much as they could be. 

    sflocal said:
    A favorite deli of mine that I stop at almost daily on my way to work just upgraded their aging point of sale system and upgraded to a system by Square.  They were still getting used to the new interface when I approached and asked if I could use ApplePay instead of my credit card.  They had no idea, so I figured I'd give it a try.  Sure enough, the ApplePay transaction went through, and the folks behind the counter were asking 20 questions.  They were ecstatic to know it had the capability and eliminates a few manual items.  I recommended they should make it more obvious to people that they now have that ability.

    ApplePay is just an awesome piece of tech.  Kudos for Apple for finally bringing quick and secure banking transactions to the regular folk.

    Now lets get ApplePay at gas pumps!!
    It wasn't Apple. It's NFC payments developed by Visa/MC. Apple just uses the technology to make it happen. 
    I don't think you understood what they were getting at there. 
    edited March 2017 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6
    tokyojimutokyojimu Posts: 404member
    Everyone in Taiwan already uses NFC when making a credit card purchase so this should go well. 
    lostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 6
    lostkiwilostkiwi Posts: 587member
    tokyojimu said:
    Everyone in Taiwan already uses NFC when making a credit card purchase so this should go well. 
    Do they use Ali Pay, WeChat Pay or something else?
    if it is the first two, I'm not sure how much crossover Apple will get from those customers. 
    WeChat especially has a very strong lock in the region. 

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