Over the weekend, it was discovered that retailers CVS and Rite Aid were disabling their in-store NFC terminals, blocking the use of Apple Pay. Now Apple has broken its silence on the matter.
In a statement sent to Business Insider, Apple said that it’s gotten an “overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic” response to Apple Pay from consumers and that it’s working to get as many retailers as possible on board with the service. The Cupertino firm’s full statement:
“The feedback we are getting from customers and retailers about Apple Pay is overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. We are working to get as many merchants as possible to support this convenient, secure and private payment option for consumers. Many retailers have already seen the benefits and are delighting their customers at over 220,000 locations.”
Apple Pay launched on October 20 with support from three major credit card companies — American Express, MasterCard and Visa — and many banks and retailers. Apple’s payment service is the latest in a stream of offerings to try and take mobile payments mainstream, and because of the iPhone’s large install base, it’s got a chance to succeed. That, coupled wit the fact that CVS and Rite Aid have also blocked Google Wallet and Softcard by disabling NFC, makes their decision a bummer.
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Via Business Insider