Wirecard partners with Apple Pay in France

Wirecard has partnered with Apple Pay in France to launch boon, its mobile payment application.

Boon is an app that is automatically integrated to a wallet via a prepaid account with a digital MasterCard, issued by Wirecard Card Solutions. This connection means a user can top-up the balance of their account via a wire transfer or by debit/credit card. It works at any NFC-enabled terminal that has the Mastercard logo on it.

“By launching boon with Apple Pay in France, even more users in Europe can experience a new level of mobile payments without being a customer of a specific bank,” said Georg von Waldenfels, Executive Vice President Consumer Solutions with Wirecard.

The HCE app first launched in Germany in 2015 in December 2015 and expanded into the UK market in May last year.

Apple Pay’s partnership with Wirecard in France comes on the back of a deal in America with USA Technologies, the company that provides cashless and mobile payment solutions for self-service retail. The deal will see the latter’s MORE loyalty and payroll platform integrated with the tech giant’s payment service. This will mean that Apple Pay will be available at 300,000 machines across the country.

The American deal adds credence to the Apple Pay CEO’s assertion back in December that 35% of merchants accept the payment service in America.

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