The hotly anticipated wait for Apple’s ‘pay and go’ technology has finally arrived on Australian shores. There’s a catch though.
From today, only American Express Issued Card Members will be able to use the convenient Apple Pay service. The new technology enables American Express customers to pay for goods and services with their Apple Watch, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad. The company ensures its users that it will be a new era in business transactions through a quick, efficient and secure portal.
Dean Chadwick, VP Consumer Marketing at American Express said in a release that “we are focused on giving our customers innovative, convenient and secure ways to pay. With Australians leading the world in the adoption of contactless payments, we are proud to now offer the convenience and security of Apple Pay to our customers.”
All American Express Card Members issued with a card will be able to add their eligible personal, small business and corporate American Express Card to pay with their smart device of choice. The only limitations being that they can only be used in businesses which currently accept contactless American Express payments.
The new service can also use their Apple device to pay within participating merchant apps. In the world of instant gratification, this should drastically speed up the buying process for businesses.
To ensure peace of mind with the new service, Apple Pay Australia users will receive real-time notifications and can view details of all recent purchases on their card. As well as this there is also an intuitive process to adding cards to the payable device. When a Card Member adds a card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device. Instead, a unique device account number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on their device.
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