Apple Pay could land in Slovakia and the Czech Republic over the next couple of months, a new report claims. A local news source suggests that Apple’s mobile payment service is likely to launch in either late February or early March.
This could make the markets the 33rd and 34th locations to receive Apple Pay, after it launched in Germany back in December.
In the Czech Republic, Apple Pay will supposedly be supported by major banks Ceska sporitelna and Komercni banka. Moneta, mBank, and Air Bank will meanwhile be the first Czech card issuers. Equa Bank and Banka Creditas could follow suit a few months later. In Slovakia, Apple Pay will be supported by Zive.
The rise of Apple Pay
Apple launched Apple Pay back in 2014. Since then, the company has aggressively expanded the number of countries it is available in. Tim Cook has previously admitted that mobile payments have taken off slower than he expected. However, markets outside the U.S. have an advantage due to the already existing widespread use of contactless technology.
Apple Pay is also scheduled to arrive in Saudi Arabia in the immediate future.
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