Apple Pay picks up more card issuers in US, France & Australia

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Apple has updated its worldwide roster of banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay, adding 21 more institutions — though as usual, the vast majority of these are based in the U.S.

In fact 19 of them are located there, many of them credit unions, all of them regional institutions. Most national firms in the country were onboard within months of Apple Pay's Oct. 2014 launch.

The international additions include Australia's Maritime Mining & Power Credit Union, and French support for Wirecard's mobile-based boon. Any Apple Pay expansion is significant in Australia, where some major banks have fought against its introduction, wanting access to NFC technology for their own platforms.

The full list of U.S. additions includes:

  • Bank of Central Florida
  • Bankers' Bank of Kansas
  • BankCherokee
  • Cal Poly Federal Credit Union
  • Citizens Federal Credit Union
  • Citizens National Bank of Greater St. Louis
  • Comercia Bank
  • Community One Credit Union
  • Community One Credit Union of Ohio
  • Connection Bank
  • Harborstone Credit Union
  • Meriwest Credit Union
  • Morgantown Bank & Trust
  • Nymeo
  • Pine Country Bank
  • PrimeSouth Bank
  • RTN Federal Credit Union
  • Star Choice Credit Union
  • Whiting Refinery Federal Credit Union

Beyond the countries mentioned above, Apple Pay is also available in Canada, China, Russia, Switzerland, the U.K., New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and Japan. Merchant and card support can vary wildly, however — while the paltform is well-supported in Japan for instance, Spanish support is still fledgling.

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