Apple Pay says ‘G’day’ to Australia

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Apple Pay works in Australia now.
Apple Pay works in Australia now.
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Apple Pay has finally made its way to iPhone and Apple Watch users in the Land Down Under, but only if they’re using American Express.

One day after the mobile payments service launched in Canada, Apple has flipped the switch for Apple Pay in Australia, allowing iOS device owners to make payments at any retailer that accepts Amex contactless payments.

Here are some of the stores participating in the launch:

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AmEx brings Apple Pay to corporate cards

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American Express has announced that it is first major credit card company to allow corporate card holders to pay using Apple Pay.

Describing it as a way to help companies to “streamline their payments systems and simplify their processes,” the announcement means that AmEx card users can now add eligible corporate cards to Apply Pay.

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AmEx’s Apple Pay ad turns out to be a fun trip through time

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Muppet-master Jim Henson supports Apple Pay. Kind of. Photo: American Express
Muppet-master Jim Henson supports Apple Pay. Kind of. Photo: American Express

I’m a total sucker for ads which jump back in time to show how things have changed over the years, and that’s exactly what American Express has done with its latest commercial for Apple Pay: showing how Apple’s mobile payment technology is, in fact, just the latest in a long line of innovations used for making financial transactions easier.

The ad features archival appearances by famous AmEx cardholders ranging from Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Henson to Tina Fey, for a mashup ad that is more fun than you’d ever expect from a credit card company.

It’s also another triumph for Apple Pay, which has now been promoted in ads by Capital One, MasterCard, Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, among others. Check out AmEx’s ad after the jump:

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Apple adds American Express, Visa, MasterCard as mobile payment partners

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Many Android phones have come equipped with NFC for years.
Many Android phones have come equipped with NFC for years.

After years of reports saying that NFC is coming to the iPhone for mobile payments, it looks like it will finally be a reality on September 9th.

Part leaks have indicated that Apple’s next-gen iPhone hardware will indeed be equipped with NFC to make transactions for physical goods at brick and mortar stores. Now Apple has struck a partnership with American Express, Visa and MasterCard to support mobile payments in the iPhone 6, according to new reports.

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