Remember when Samsung Pay gained support on 14 additional US banks, also previewing imminent compatibility with a major gift card issuer? That sounded like a big step in the right direction for the Android and Tizen-enabled mobile transaction service, but it was clearly dwarfed by Apple Pay’s expansion to 70 (!!!) more financial institutions just a week earlier.

And in case it wasn’t already crystal clear which digital wallet app is backed by the most American banks, Cupertino further enriches Apple Pay’s support roster with 54 extra names. This brings the total count to a staggering 658, and because it’d take an eternity to round up all those fine monetary establishments, we’ll only quickly list the latest wave:

Alternatives Federal Credit Union
Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union
Artisans’ Bank
Bank of Eastman
Bank of Rantoul
Bridgeview Bank Group
Carson Bank
Calumet Bank
Catholic & Community Credit Union
Central State Bank
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union
Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union
Citizens First Bank
Cornerstone Bank
Cornerstone National Bank
Credit Union of America
Drummond Community Bank
Education Employees Credit Union
First Community Credit Union (MO)
First Federal Bank of the Midwest
First Piedmont Federal Savings and Loan Association
Genisys Credit Union
German American
Gorham Savings Bank
Greenwood Credit Union
Houston Texas Fire Fighters Federal Credit Union
Hudson River Community Credit Union
InTouch Credit Union
KV Federal Credit Union
Lexington Postal Credit Union
Macatawa Bank
Maine Family Federal Credit Union
Marion State Bank
Missouri Bank
Missouri Credit Union
Mocse Credit Union
Municipal Employees Credit Union of Oklahoma City
Mutual Bank
Newaygo County Service Employees Credit Union
Oak Trust Credit Union
Peoples Bank
Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union
PyraMax Bank
Settlers Federal Credit Union
The Bank
The Provident Bank
Tri City National Bank
TwinStar Credit Union
UMassFive College Federal Credit Union
United Equity Credit Union
United Savings Credit Union
University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union
Upper Peninsula State Bank
Weokie Credit Union

Does this make up for the NFC-activated payment feature’s fundamental disadvantage compared to the NFC and magnetic secure transmission-authorized Samsung Pay? Not at all, but it proves something that may be even more important for end users. Nationwide banks greatly trust Apple Pay, as do retailers of all sorts and restaurant chains, and it’s only a matter of time until the service will take over the world.

It’s already conquered most of the USA, it’s available in the UK as well with the country’s leading financial organizations, and it’s headed to Australia, Canada, Spain, Singapore, and Hong Kong next.

Source: Apple Support
Via: iMore

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