How to Use Apple Pay Outside of the United States
Launched earlier this month, Apple Pay is the U.S only payment service. Here is a way to use it outside of the country.
Pretty big deals in their own right, one of the biggest things that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have gifted us (besides those ginormous, sometimes bendy screens) is NFC. NFC, or Near Field Communication, allows your phone to communicate wirelessly with other devices around it.
Specifically, the NFC of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will allow us to use Apple Pay. An easy to use payment service, the idea with Apple Pay is that it will put all of our payment details (PayPal, debit cards, credit cards etc.) in one place and lets us pay with those at the till instead of fishing out the appropriate card, wallet or amount of coinage.
Such a big deal is Apple Pay, that Apple has even said that the service could replace wallets altogether. But there’s just one problem: it’s only available in the United States. That doesn’t mean that you can only use it in the USA however, as the ability to use Apple Pay around the world is as simple as choosing the right credit card.
When adding cards to Apple Pay, as long as you make sure that they are United States credit cards (registered to US addresses) you will be able to use them across Europe and in other continents where retailers have NFC systems set up. Granted, you may incur additional charges as a result of using your United States credit card abroad but if you don’t want to take your cards on holiday with you or find yourself without another way to pay whilst you’re out of the country, it could make the difference between buying goods and leaving the store empty handed.
Furthermore, there’s hope that this will soon stop being an issue. Visa Europe has said that they are “working closely with Apple and with our member banks to bring this new service to market in Europe” and sources suggest that Apple Pay will be rolled out to China sometime soon. So as always, we’ll keep you posted.
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