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edmtrekker wrote: "Now I wait...for June ?? with first use at Starbucks."
I've used ApplePay at Starbucks in the Toronto area for months now. Not that I much like their coffee, but it is not as bad as others like Tim Horton's. Sometimes it is convenient.
I am able to use ApplePay at almost any place now that has contactless machines. There is a little cafe at an apple orchard out in the middle of the country down a minor sideroad in King Township that accepts it but didn't know they did. I enjoy surprising cashiers when I pay with my phone.
Prof Peabody posted: "There is not one single bank in Canada that is "on board" with Apple pay. Not one."
That's true at the moment - but the manager of my (Canadian chartered) bank was rather interested when I told him I would probably not be using their Master Card much any more until I could use it with Apple Pay and that they should try to catch up with the times. And with American Express! It is also true that Amex is not accepted at all Canadian merchants. But I have been very surprised at just how many places I have been able to use Apple Pay. And I am letting the other merchants know that I am choosing their competitors where possible because I prefer the ease and security of Apple Pay.
I think that "90% of retailers in Canada" is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is indeed surprising how many places here in Canada actually accept Apple Pay - even with only one issuing bank, American Express, supporting it. Chip-and-pin terminals are almost ubiquitous "up" here, and a large proportion of them are "tap-to-pay" machines as well. About half of the retailers where I have used Apple Pay in the past few weeks have been surprised to learn that they do indeed accept it. Apple Pay is wonderful. It's very quick, and I am so pleased that I don't have to carry so many cards around with me. My credit card number is not even stored in my iPhone!