Almost 800 different financial institutions can now be used with Apple Pay in the United States. Earlier today, more than 40 banks were added to Apple’s list of providers supporting the mobile payment system.
The large majority of the new institutions are smaller regional banks and credit unions. Here’s the complete list:
• American Heritage Federal Credit Union
• Associated Credit Union
• Bangor Savings Bank
• Bank of Bourbonnais
• Bank of Clovis
• Bank of the Pacific
• Baton Rouge Telco Federal Credit Union
• Cardinal Bank
• Corning Credit Union
• First Financial Credit Union (IL)
• First National Bank of Trenton
• First Nations Bank
• First Republic Bank
• Flint Area School Employees Credit Union
• Glass City Federal Credit Union
• Guaranty Bank and Trust Company
• Hawthorn Bank
• Hills Bank and Trust Company
• Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
• Leader Bank, N.A.
• Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union
• Midcoast Federal Credit Union
• Oatworth Capital Bank
• Ohio Valley Bank
• Partnership Financial Credit Union
• Penn Liberty Bank
• Police and Fire Federal Credit Union
• Prime Merdian Bank
• Reading Cooperative Bank
• Republic Bank
• Section 705 Federal Credit Union
• Secured Advantage Federal Credit Union
• Southern Bank
• Southwest Missouri Bank
• West Plains Bank and Trust Company
• WesTex Federal Credit Union
• Wilmington Savings Fund Society
• WSFS Bank
At least in the United States, getting financial institutions to support the mobile payment system hasn’t been an issue. The big sticking point has been getting retailers to jump on board. But the situation looks to be improving, a bit, starting next year.
Back in November, Apple’s Jennifer Bailey said Starbucks and other food establishments like KFC and Chili’s will support Apple Pay sometime in 2016. Cinnabon and Domino’s will support the service soon.
Earlier this fall, the payment system arrived for some users in Australia and Canada. Apply Pay arrived in the United Kingdom in July.
And a recent report said that Apple Pay could land in the very important and huge China market sometime in the first quarter of 2016.
In just a little more than year, I think Apple has done a nice job driving steady growth of the mobile payment system. I’m hopeful that in another year or two on the market, I can finally leave my bulky wallet at home once and for all.
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