ExxonMobil to accept Apple Pay at the pump through Speedpass+ [u]

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During Apple's quarterly conference call for the first quarter of 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced upcoming availability for Apple Pay at ExxonMobil gas stations through that company's Speedpass+ touchless payments system.

Cook did not define a specific time frame for Apple Pay's upcoming expansion, saying only that support would arrive at Exxon and Mobil gas stations in the coming months. iPhone owners can set up an account and pay via ExxonMobil's Speedpass+ in-app wallet, though touchless Apple Pay is not yet available.

ExxonMobil's first-party touchless payment system is well established with over 5,000 Exxon and Mobil stations nationwide currently accepting such payments. With Speedpass, customers use a special NFC key fob to interact with the pump terminal, which on the backend is connected to supported debit and credit cards.

Today's announcement follows a similar agreement that brought at-the-pump Apple Pay support to Chevron in 2014, though that rollout included NFC payments.

Cook noted the ExxonMobil partnership shortly after saying Apple Pay is now available at more than five million terminals.

Update: This article has been corrected to specify the Speedpass+ solution will initially support only in-app Apple Pay payments, not NFC-based iPhone and Apple Watch payments.