Apple Pay mobile payments will become available for customers of eight banks operating in Poland next week. More banks will probably follow in September
I’ve written about the fact that Apple Pay would launch in Poland in the week starting on June 18th back in May. You can read about it here. Now we know that the service will most likely have its debut on Tuesday June 19th. I’ve also been able to compile a full list of the eight banks that will introduce Apple Pay first.
If my sources are correct, this Tuesday will be the day Apple Pay becomes available for the customers of Alior, BGŻ BNP Paribas, BZ WBK, Getin, mBank, Nest Bank, Pekao and Raiffeisen Polbank. More banks will follow in the fall, probably in September. They will supposedly include Poland's biggest retail bank, PKO BP.
Apple postponed introducing its mobile payment service on the Polish market for a long time. I assume that it was because the number of people using their smartphones, especially models that enable contactless payments, is relatively small here. The Polish market has some important advantages, though - it is highly saturated with contactless payment terminals, and Polish customers adopt technological innovations very quickly. In my opinion rolling out Apple Pay with a large number of banks at the same time will quickly make the service a big success.