Apple Pay will be supported by all major US credit card companies “beginning this fall” after Discover announced plans to join Visa, MasterCard and American Express in letting its cardholders add cards and make NFC payments using the mobile payments service.
“As part of the agreement, Discover Network will enable eligible financial institutions, including Discover Debit issuers, to let their card holders use Apple Pay,” the credit card company explains.
“In addition to paying in stores with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, millions of cardmembers can also use Apple Pay with iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 when paying for goods and services within apps beginning this fall.
“Discover credit cardmembers will still receive all of their current benefits, including CashBack Bonus and the new Freeze It security tool that allows them to stop any new purchases, cash advances and balance transfers when they temporarily misplace their cards.”
At its Spring Forward event in March, Apple announced that the mobile payment service is already being accepted at some 700,000 locations and works with over 2,500 banks. Visa, MasterCard and American Express announced their support for Apple Pay when the service was first unveiled in September last year.
“As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving cardmembers secure options for using their cards and mobile devices,” says Diane Offereins, president of payment services at Discover. “Discover’s focus on simplicity and value for our cardmembers aligns well with the way Apple Pay makes purchases easy and convenient.”