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Rumor: Apple Pay expected to launch in Slovakia, Greece, and Portugal on June 26th

Monday June 24, 2019. 12:15 PM , from Power Page
As expected, Apple Pay will be going live in a number of new countries, reports indicating that the services will launch in Slovakia, Greece, and Portugal on Wednesday via a number of partner financial institutions.

Following the expansion of Apple Pay into the Netherlands on June 11, reports indicate banks in three more countries in Europe are adding support to Apple Pay at the same time in the coming week. Believed to take place on June 26, the launches will occur covering Slovakia with multiple banks, as well as Greece and Portugal. 

Give has indicated that multiple banks in the country have advised of a Slovakian launch on Wednesday. Bank representatives are reported as claiming systems are ready for Apple Pay’s enablement, complete with employee testing, with marketing for the launch also expected to take place. 

The Slovak banks, identified as Slovenska Sporitelna, Tatra Banka, mBank, 365 Banka, Postova Banka, and J&T Banka, will apparently be joined by Ticket Restaurant, a service that offers meal voucher payments to businesses. Online banks N26 and Monese are also expected to join the roster.

It was thought that Apple Pay would launch in Slovakia in March, although this was apparently delayed by three months.  

Insomnia has reported that a June 26th launch is expected for both Greece and Portugal. Banks supporting the launch within these countries remain largely unknown, although N26 is thought to have contributed some hints as to the country’s launch. 

The launches occur five years after the original rollout of Apple Pay in the United States. Excluding the three soon-to-launch countries, Apple Pay is currently supported by banks in 41 markets. 

Stay tuned for additional details after they become available.

Via AppleInsider, Zive, and Insomnia
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