Revolut customers have long been asking for Apple Pay support in Europe. Now their time has come as Revolut announces that they are coming to UK, France, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland.
These are great news, but at the same time, many countries are left out. Hopefully, Revolut continues to expand, and eventually will allow all European countries to operate with Apple Pay.
How to Start Using the New Service?
If you are a customer of Revolut, then you should already have a card by now. If not, don’t worry, Revolut offers the ability to issue virtual cards, which later can be turned to physical as well. Basically, you can add Apple Pay to Revolut either via the Revolut app, or the Apple Wallet on your iOS device. So you can add both – the virtual card and the physical card to Apple Wallet and start spending immediately. You don’t have to wait for the physical card to arrive.
Arthur Johanet, the product owner for card payments at Revolut, said in a statement:
“Revolut’s ultimate goal is to give our customers a useful tool to manage every aspect of their financial lives, and the ability to make payments quickly, conveniently and securely is vital to achieving this. Our customers have been requesting Apple Pay for a long time, so we are delighted to kick off our rollout, starting with our customers in 16 markets. This is a very positive step forward in enabling our customers to use their money in the way that they want to.”
Apple Pay Gradually Expands Across Europe and the Middle East
About the same time with Revolut news, Apple Pay itself has gradually expanded to European and Middle East markets. In the past year, Apple Pay has now become available in Poland, Norway, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Austria, and Iceland.
But since yesterday, they had left out one particularly populous country which was waiting for Apple Pay all along. Yesterday Apple Pay went live in The Netherlands with Dutch bank ING leading the way. The Dutch bank will bring Apple’s digital payment system to its debit and credit card users.
“ING customers can activate Apple Pay in the ING Mobile Banking App and add their debit card to the Wallet. Apple Pay works wherever it is possible to make contactless payments, in web shops and in apps,” says the announcement.