Ever since Apple Pay got introduced I’ve been waiting for it to be released in the Netherlands. As a strong opponent of cash money, just tapping the check out to pay is the only way to go. The Netherlands is one of the EU member states that decided to get rid of 1 and 2 Eurocent coins, all sums in being rounded (unless you pay electronically). I cannot wait for the rest of the cash money to take the same path (doei).
However, it looks like it’s taking forever for Apple and the Dutch financial institutions to find an agreement. It’s March 2017 and there’s still no Apple Pay available. Do I care? Not anymore. I don’t even know whether Android Pay is available here and I don’t care. Because my bank (ING) is supporting mobile payments via their Android App Mobile Pay. I have long used their mobile banking App and with Mobile Pay I can use my Pixel to pay almost anywhere.
Some merchants and some fellow customers still feel like they witnessed future witchcraft, but I’m now used to paying quickly and easily simply using my mobile phone.
Germany is still behind on this development as everybody still prefers to pay cash. Countries like Brazil and Finland rely mostly on electronic exchange of money, however most terminals are not yet equipped with an NFC reader in Brazil.
So yay Netherlands, yay ING, and yay Google Pixel. ?