Santander Bank today announced that customers can now add their Santander MasterCard credit and debit cards to Apple Pay, giving them an easy, secure and private way to make payments at participating merchants in stores, apps and on the web using their Apple devices. Apple Pay is the newest of many customer-focused innovations the Bank has launched recently to advance its mobile strategy and ensure it’s delivering a great digital experience to its customers.
“Our customers have been telling us that they want to do more on-the-go digital banking using their mobile devices,” said Michael Cleary, Santander’s Head of Consumer and Business Banking. “At Santander, we pride ourselves on listening to our customers. We’ve responded to their feedback by investing more resources in our mobile banking platform and upgrading the digital tools and services customers need to truly bank anywhere with Santander, and Apple Pay is a great example of that innovation.”
ING customers in Australia wanted it, ING in Australia has provided it. It’s Apple Pay, their NFC payment solution that lets users make their purchases via their iPhones. ING Australia is saying today that there had been high demand for customers for Apple Pay.
“Approximately 70 percent of our Orange Everyday customers who use our app connect with us through Apple devices and they’ve been asking us for Apple Pay. We’re delighted to be able to deliver,” said John Arnott—Executive Director—Customers.
Apple mobile payments and digital wallet service Apple Pay, was off to a great start this year, according to chief executive Tim Cook. But now that year is almost at an end, the projections are looking better than expected. ShopKeep’s most recent survey of its 20,000 merchant clients shows that about 26% of respondents had accepted an Apple Pay transaction by the end of September, compared to 2.5% in February.
However, the company is only looking at this as a small step in the right direction as it still has much growth to do in the mobile payments space. A survey conducted in the mid of 2015, by Pymnts.com and InfoScout found that only 15% of consumers who were eligible to use Apple Pay had tried to actually use it, which was projected to roughly 3 million -3.6 million people in the U.S, or about 1% of the population.
A new survey from 451 Research finds Apple Pay gaining momentum in the mobile payments space, primarily at the expense of PayPal.
“Our latest survey shows planned use of Apple Pay has been on an upward trajectory since it became available six months ago – with the service helping to spark consumer demand for mobile payment technologies,” said Andy Golub, Survey Research Director for 451 Research. “Although consumer perceptions of security remain an issue, the results point to marked improvements in this area.”
The March survey, conducted by 451 Research’s ChangeWave service, consisted of 4,168 respondents primarily based in North America, and looked at planned use of mobile payment applications and the issue of security.
In a few years this app will be totally useless if we may believe the latest BI stats on the growth of mobile payments towards 2019, we are making over 800 billion in value of transaction that year. But hey for now it can be an adventure to find a store which accepts the new smooth iPhone 6 (Plus) experience. Vince Davis had the idea to create a merchant finder for Apple Pay and just released it. It does much more then finding merchants for example it also lets you know when your bank is finally seeing the light and supports Apple Pay amongst other features.