China reportedly embraces Apple Pay with 3 million cards added in first two days

Apple Watch and Apple Pay
Apple Watch and Apple Pay (Image credit: iMore)

Apple Pay seems to have been a big hit, at least at first, in China. A new report claims that Apple's payment service saw 3 million cards signed up to use in China.

Apple Pay officially launched in China in mid-February. Internet Retailer states:

In the first two days after the Feb. 18 launch, 3 million consumers linked their bank cards to Apple Pay according to China Merchants Bank, one of 19 Chinese banks involved in the rollout. The payment method can be used to pay in stores with compatible terminals and in mobile apps that link to Apple Pay.

China Merchants Bank added that its own customers connected 1 million of their bank cards to Apple Pay during its first two days. China UnionPay added that on the first launch day for Apple Pay, the number one use for the service was to pay on the mobile app of Meituan, which is a Groupon-type service in that country.

Source: Internet Retailer

John Callaham

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