If you’re a user of a local or regional credit union like I am, you’ll be excited to hear that Apple continues to add smaller financial institutions to its ever-growing list of places that will let you pay for things using your iPhone or Apple Watch.
With these 23 new additions, Apple now has 255 Apple Pay partners available to those of us who love the future of payments.
All the new Apple Pay partners (and all the previous ones) let you add your debit or credit card to Passbook and then pay at NFC-enabled retail terminals with your iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or Apple Watch.
These terminals are being installed at a rapid pace, not only due to Apple Pay (of Google Wallet) demand, but because many new credit cards will have a chip and a PIN to help prevent fraud. Apple claims that Apple Pay is still even more secure than these upcoming cards, and it’s certainly more convenient.
According to MacNN, the new institutions added today, in alphabetical order, include American Chartered Bank, Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union, Bellco Credit Union, EFCU Financial, First Federal, First National Bank, Healthcare Systems FCU, Keesler FCU, Kemba Credit Union, Members 1st FCU, NorthStar Credit Union, Parsons FCU, Pinnacle Bank, Randolph-Brooks FCU, Service Credit Union, SRP FCU, SUMA (Yonkers) FCU, Tampa Bay FCU, Tennessee Valley FCU, Tri County Area FCU, Trona Valley FCU, United Teletech Financial, and Winthrop Area FCU.