Apple Pay launches Belgium in November, first with BNP Paribas Fortis

Belgian paper, De Tijd reports Apple Pay, launches in Belgium during November, initially for customers where there is BNP Paribas Fortis. The report thus says initially exclusive with the leading bank.

Apple launches the payment service Apple Pay in November, which is De Tijd which has learned from several sources. The service thus first reserved for the customers where the BNP Paribas Fortis is a major bank. The other banks follow only a few months. BNP Paribas Fortis did not comment local Apple spokespersons which not available for response.

Alongside VISA and MasterCard payment cards from Fortis, rolls out initially include subsidiaries where Hello Bank and Fintro.

Thus it will not be the first time where a mobile wallet rollout in Belgium, which initially has been exclusive with Fortis – where the same happened with Android Pay back in March 2017.

As with all European countries, is where contactless payment already is well-established in Belgium such that the payment infrastructure already exists in small stores. Apple Pay, however, competes with existing smart-phone payment system based on QR codes, which is popular in the country.

Hence with no word yet on Apple Pay Cash, might reach out Belgium.
We thus clues earlier this month with Apple planning launches of Apple Pay Cash which is a peer-to-peer payment service within several European countries. Belgium which is one among those countries, obviously require Apple Pay itself with launch there. Other suggestive countries is where Italy, Switzerland, and the UK. Of those, with Belgium, do not already support Apple Pay. Thus, we see any false alerts of this kind before.