Prague, Czech Republic – Great news for Apple users in the Czech Republic: the U.S. company launched its much-awaited Apple Pay service in the country earlier this week.
A system linked to credit and debit cards, Apple Pay allows people to use their Apple mobile phones and watches to make contact-less payments. While rumors about the launch have been circulating for several weeks, Apple seems to have effectively rolled out its Apple Pay services in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, at the same moment it launched in Saudi Arabia.
“Though Apple has yet to officially announce regional availability of the product, iOS device users in the Czech Republic have successfully registered credit and debit cards with the payments service, according to tweets and social media posts”, the Apple Insider reported.
But it remains unknown which supporting banks exactly can be used, although users whose cards are registered with Air Bank, Ceska Sporitelna, MONETA Money Bank and Twisto have been able to provision their cards with the payment system.
Launched in 2014 in the U.S., Apple Pay initially only provided support for a limited number of credit card companies and banks. With the most recent roll-outs, Apple Pay is now available in 35 different countries all around the world.
Google Pay, a similar service for users of smartphones and watches operating with the Android system, was already available in the Czech Republic.
Last month, Czech Prime Minister met with Apple CEO Tim Cook on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. After the meeting, M. Babis claimed in a series of tweets that Tim Cook had agreed to open an Apple Store in Prague, the first of its kind in the Czech Republic and in Central and Eastern Europe as a whole.
But the announcement hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, and experts remain skeptical that Apple’s CEO would agree so quickly to such a major project.